James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library

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

Discovering James Monroe: Archaeology at Highland with Sara Bon-Harper originally scheduled for Thursday, October 11th, has been postponed until Thursday, October 25 at 6:00 PM at the James Monroe Museum. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.



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! If you’re a Hamilton fan, you won’t want to miss this year’s Monroe Lecture!


Current Exhibit

img_7969-copy-green-plate-smaller-fileDuring your visit to The James Monroe Museum, take in our new exhibit ‚ÄúDynamic Ceramics: Selections from The James Monroe Museum Collection.” Featuring a spectrum of pottery artifacts from James Monroe and his family, the exhibit is an in-depth examination of ceramic wares including American stoneware, earthenware, and porcelain.





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.

We are proud to be a Blue Star Museum!2015-we-are-a-bsm-small

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