James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library, Fredericksburg

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The James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library, located in historic downtown Fredericksburg, Virginia, is the largest repository in the country for 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 own personal collections, which had been handed down through generations of the family. Eventually, the museum and its extensive collections were turned over to the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the museum 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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  • A museum packed full of Monroe historical artifacts! It is self-guided but there are guides available for questions. 
  • Small museum with well presented exhibits and friendly staff. It might be a good idea to start here for an overview before going on to Montpelier. An hour well spent. 
  • This museum is what my spouse calls a "reader's delight" tons of historical facts and history on the walls but not many artifacts. We got in free due to a festival and I was happy - would have been ve...  more »