Friends of the James Monroe Museum

The Friends of the James Monroe Museum is an organization founded in 1991 to support the activities and programs of the Quote about 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. Its mission also is to trace the social, political and intellectual influence of James Monroe and to present it within the context of his life through exhibitions, publications, scholarly presentations, community events, and educational programs.

Your generosity will ensure that James Monroe’s legacy can continue, along with the operation of this museum. Friends’ money has contributed to all of our special exhibitions, our book A Presidential Legacy, and free community events such as the annual James Monroe Lecture and our Holiday Open House. Friends’ contributions also support the maintenance and expansion of our collection, which currently contains over 1,600 items owned by James and Elizabeth Monroe; 10,000 rare books; and 27,000 documents relating to the life and times of Monroe and his descendants. Every little bit we raise helps the museum continue to be a resource for historians, educators, the community, and the general public.

You can find information about how you can join now here or print out the membership form and mail it in.

Benefits of Membership

All new members will receive a copy of the Museum’s publication Our Face to the World: The Clothing of James and Elizabeth Monroe.


Councilors (individuals)

Receive receive free admission for the cardholder to the museum, a twenty percent discount at the museum shop, invitations to special members-only events, and the monthly e-newsletter.


Governors (couples and households)

Receive the above benefits, PLUS free admission for immediate family members (cardholder must be present).



Receive the above benefits PLUS two free admission passes to share with others.



Receive the Representative benefits PLUS free admission for guests.



Receive the Senator benefits, PLUS one private guided tour of the museum and archives (call to schedule), and a 10% discount on rental rate of the Museum or garden for private events.



Receive the Ambassador benefits AND are entitled to use the Museum or garden for free, once annually, for a small gathering or social occasion (limited to 30 guests and availability).

$1000 & up


Receive the Diplomat benefits AND are invited to an annual UMW donor appreciation event. The contribution for this level of membership may be paid in installments.

Many companies will match their employees’ contributions, so in making any donation, please check with your employer to see if this option is available.

Consider Giving a Gift Membership!

Gift memberships in the Friends of the James Monroe Museum make meaningful, environmentally-friendly gifts for the history-lovers in your family. Contact us to find out how to give a gift membership.