James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library

James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library, Fredericksburg

James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library

James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library
4.5
Libraries • History Museums
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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BerninVA
Frankfurt, Germany54 contributions
Hidden Gem
Jul 2021
This is a small museum but the staff is friendly. I have brought friends and family to this museum numerous times and they are always impressed by the staff. The staff provides an orientation that makes visitors feel like they had a private tour.
Written July 22, 2021
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Kate Illinois1
Chicago, Illinois3,370 contributions
Nice timeline and many artifacts of the Monroes
May 2021
Admission included with Day Pass. Restrooms on site. Street parking. Wonderful history stop to learn or enhance your knowledge about James Monroe, our 5th President (1817-1825). Enjoyed seeing all the personal artifacts of the Monroes. James Monroe is best known for establishing the foreign policy principle that came to bear his name, the Monroe Doctrine. And in 1817, the American Colonization Society, formed with the goal of returning freed slaves to Africa and purchased land from Upper Guinea in West Africa for the colony. In 1821 a ship carrying some of these settlers landed. In 1822 a second ship was sent to this modern day Liberia. In 1824, the city was renamed to Monrovia in honour of President James Monroe. President Monroe was a prominent supporter of the colony and in the concept of sending freed slaves to Liberia.
Written June 28, 2021
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AuntieWinter4
Jacksonville, FL167 contributions
Covid did not hamper this tour
Apr 2021
We have been there many years ago and there have been changes, but all of the changes were good. We also learned more about the president and his family than the first time we went.
Written May 7, 2021
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Amy A
Herndon, VA77 contributions
Now I know more about our 5th president!
Jan 2020
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 development of our country after visiting this museum. It's always easier to learn about history in a museum rather than a book. We enjoyed the visit and the kids liked the scavenger hunt.
Written January 4, 2020
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RandS_TX
houston248 contributions
Small but interesting museum
Oct 2019 • Family
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 "he actually signed that document." You won't need to spend more than an hour. Don't miss the slave auction block just up the street.
Written October 20, 2019
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Richard J
Gainesville, GA187 contributions
Remembering James Monroe
Oct 2019 • Couples
Visited the site of James Monroe property and memorial in downtown Fredericksburg. Buildings have a good potrayal of Monroe's time and service to the United States. Founded by his family in the ,1920s, the place has many pieces which belonged to this President. We'll displayed. Thanks for helping me remember an important chapter in the history of the U.S
Written October 4, 2019
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Bathfurnituredsgnr
Collierville, TN630 contributions
History Buffs Must Stop Here
Sep 2019 • Family
I am so glad that the effort was made to save items from the Monroe era! There are a surprising amount of artifacts from his life. There is a lot of beautiful furniture as well. I hope that they can update the museum itself, as this history is such a treasure. It is located on the lot where his office was originally located.

GO TO THE VISITORS CENTER & BUY THE TIMELESS TICKET IF VISITING MORE THAN 3 PLACES IN TOWN! HUGE DEAL! See attached pics for the breakdown.
Written September 14, 2019
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jsims74
Franklin, TN23 contributions
James Monroe
Sep 2019
As many have stated, this is a small museum dedicated to President James Monroe. Numerous interesting artifacts to see and learn about. Well worth checking out if you are in the downtown Fredericksburg area. Don't miss it.
Written September 8, 2019
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Brendan S
Arlington, VA1,181 contributions
Small but impressive museum
Aug 2019
The Monroe Museum is located in a building that is on the site where Monroe's brief Fredericksburg law offices were likely located. It's a pretty tenuous connection to Monroe, but the Museum itself contains dozens of first-rate artifacts such as books, clothing, tools and dishes owned by Monroe and his family. The Museum packs a lot in to a small space, with one general gallery on his life, another devoted to his military service, and a third containing an assortment of furniture owned by Monroe.

The staff at the Museum is friendly and helpful but not intrusive. They gave a short tour and left me to explore. The Museum takes an even-handed rather than a hagiographic view of Monroe, noting both his successes and failures. It explains that while he took measures to suppress the slave trade and was responsible for founding Liberia as a colony for freed slaves, Monroe owned hundreds of slaves himself and never freed any of them (though even this shortcoming may have been because he could not afford to). In short, a very informative place where I felt I got the whole story.
Written August 25, 2019
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Brian M
Oxford, UK558 contributions
The Monroe Doctrine was hardly mentioned
Aug 2018
The famous Monroe Doctrine of 1823, that the US will defend the fledgling South American republics recently liberated from their Spanish colonial status, from any invasion by European powers. This is the house where one of the founding fathers and fifth President of the U.S. was born and grew up. The museum is quite good although there is little on the Monroe Doctrine. Much of the exhibits are not original but it does give the visitor an idea of what was contained in the house. There is also a good explanation of what made the slave owner tick.
Written July 7, 2019
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