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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  • Considering the impact he had on our nation (Monroe Doctrine, Louisiana Purchase) this small museum was filled with artifacts from his life. I always marvel at thinking, " he sat in that chair," or "h...  more »
  • We had a day off in Richmond and went to Fredericksburg, a small town full of history with a very interesting historic center. We were recommended to go to this museum at the Visitor Center. And we went to Mary Washington's house, too. The museum only has 3 small rooms that you can tour in less than 30 minutes but with enough information and objects to understand this man's life. I read the origin of the Monroe Doctrine and learned something new. Also the ladies who attend are very nice and friendly. If we enjoy it.
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  • It was interesting, but felt like it was small and could use a guide. It was pretty interactive for the kids and everyone seemed to enjoy it.
  • Relatively small museum for a founding father who fought in the revolutionary war and played so significant role in the birth of our nation.

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