The James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library holds the country’s largest collection of artifacts and documents related to the fifth president of the United States.
The museum was opened in 1927 by Monroe descendants to house their personal collections 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.