James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library
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.
The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. During the months of December, January and February, the museum closes at 4 p.m. daily. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
Admission is $6/adult or $2/youth (ages 6-17; under 6 free). Senior citizen, AAA, and group rates are available (see details here). Members of the Friends of the James Monroe Museum receive free admission year-round (as well as a ten percent discount in the Museum Shop and other benefits). UMW employees & students also enter free with a UMW identification card.
The James Monroe Museum is fully handicap-accessible.