James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library, Fredericksburg

Categories: History Museums, Libraries, Traveler Resources, Museums
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4.2/5 based on 60+ reviews on the web
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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  • 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...  read more »
  • While not the actual building Monroe practiced law in, we were told one of the threshholds to part of the building is original, so it was very cool to see that piece and walk across it. I also loved t...  read more »
  • Small museum but learned tons. The docent was extremely informative and helpful. Monroe was involved in so many of the nation's major events from the Revolutionary War, Louisiana Purchase, War of 1812...  read more »
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