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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  • It's not the original building for his law offices but the same location. I really didn't know much about James Monroe at all but now I feel like I have a good grasp on how important he was to the...  more »
  • 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...  more »
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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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