James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library

A museum owned by the Commonwealth of Virginia and administered by the University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Virginia.

If you weren’t able to join us or tune in for the 31st Annual James Monroe Lecture “Dirty, Nasty Politics in James Monroe’s America” with Dr. Joanne Freeman, it is available online, and will be on our YouTube channel soon as well. Using this link, the program begins at about 14:45.

The James Monroe Museum
The James Monroe Museum

The James Monroe Museum is dedicated to the study, interpretation and presentation of the life and times of the fifth President of the United States.

The James Monroe Museum
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Monroe’s presidency capped a 50-year public service career that included combat in the Revolutionary War. Monroe exemplified leadership, courage, and dedication to representative government.

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The Collection
The Collection

Founded in 1927 by Monroe descendants, the Museum is a National Historic Landmark housing the largest single collection of artifacts and archives related to the fifth president.

The Collection
Public Programs
Public Programs

The Museum offers a variety of educational programs exploring the life and legacy of James Monroe, offering visitors the opportunity to look at the present through the lens of history.

Public Programs
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Events

Don’t miss any of our exciting programs in 2018 – check out our Calendar for upcoming events, or our program schedule for all of 2018 here!
Directions to Deck the Halls at the Hurley Convergence Center and for parking for the event can be found HERE.

 

Current Exhibit

img_7969-copy-green-plate-smaller-fileOur exhibit “Dynamic Ceramics: Selections from The James Monroe Museum Collectionfeaturing a spectrum of pottery artifacts from James Monroe and his family, will be closing after the New Year. Visit the Museum soon and see this wonderful exhibit before it closes!

 

Upcoming Exhibit

On January 8, 2019 the new exhibit “James Monroe: the Library of a President” will open at The James Monroe Museum. The exhibit is curated by Heidi Stello, editorial assistant for the Papers of James Monroe and Guide at The James Monroe Museum. Ms. Stello will present an accompanying lecture exploring the contents and significance of the personal library of the nation’s 5th president (see details on our Calendar of Events).

Monroe assembled a significant personal library during the course of his lifetime, featuring works on history, philosophy, law, politics, science, military science, religion, and the arts. The exhibit will include books owned by James Monroe, as well as those obtained by the Museum that are contemporary editions of works known to be in his personal collection.

 

 

 

The James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library, located in historic downtown Fredericksburg, Virginia, holds the country’s largest collection of artifacts and documents related to the fifth president of the United States.

The museum was first opened in 1927 by Monroe descendants as a place to house their personal collections, which had been handed down through generations of the family. Eventually, the museum was turned over to the Commonwealth of Virginia, and is now administered by the University of Mary Washington.

The museum belongs to the American Association of Museums, the American Association for State and Local History, and the Virginia Association of Museums. It is also on the National Register of Historic Places.

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908 Charles Street | Fredericksburg, VA 22401 | 540/654-1043