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James Madison Museum

129 Caroline St, Orange, VA 22960-1532
+1 540-672-1776
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This is a small museum just down the road from Montpelier. I wasn't sure it would be worth the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
AlisonsD4
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Wonderful place to visit.

Great historical place to visit. Great place to hike. Nice gift shop and cafe. Take the tour or... read more

Reviewed 4 March 2018
kat439
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Orange, Virginia
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A presidential and cultural museum that features the Presidents Room, Black History Exhibit Room, a small gallery and a Temporary Exhibit Room. In the Presidents Room you will enjoy artifacts of Madison, Jefferson, Monroe and Z. Taylor. The Black History Room has 3 themes (Forgotten Patriots, Atlantic Slave Trade and Post-Emancipation). The biggest surprise for nearly every visitor is the large Hall of Agriculture and Transportation. In this large wing sits a 1730's house originally built for Gov. Alexander Spotswood for a tenant farm in Orange; a 1924 Model T and horse-drawn conveyances as well as a myriad of farm implements and items used during pre-mechanized farm life. Groups are welcome.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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129 Caroline St, Orange, VA 22960-1532
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a small museum just down the road from Montpelier. I wasn't sure it would be worth the visit because we were also going to Montpelier. I was wrong. This was well worth the time and small amount of money to visit. It is...More

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

Great historical place to visit. Great place to hike. Nice gift shop and cafe. Take the tour or just walk around the grounds. The gardens are beautiful in the spring.

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Reviewed 25 February 2018 via mobile

After visiting Montpelier mansion, take a few minutes to drive to Orange, Virginia to check out the James Madison Museum. 95% of the items are originals not re-creations. The black history exhibit has original pieces, furniture, tools, clothing, etc., worn and made slaves, other items...More

Thank Anita K
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James Madison M... o, Manager at James Madison Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 March 2018

Dear Anita - Thank you for writing such a detailed review; it is sincerely appreciated. I am delighted that you enjoyed your visit and were willing to share your experience with others. One little correction, it is President Zachary Taylor's bed from the White House,...More

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Reviewed 14 November 2017

Wifee and I visited this quaint little museum on our trip thru Virginia. It had a small parking lot right out front and wasn't crowded at all. We practically got a personalized tour and free bottle of water included. There is even a relocated house...More

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James Madison M... o, Manager at James Madison Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 25 November 2017

It was really lovely to meet you - thank you for sharing your thoughts about the museum and your experience here. I hope you can return again!

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Reviewed 15 October 2017

I was expecting more of a local history museum with a few presidential items if that. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this museum. The lady who runs it has put in a tremendous amount of time and effort to give you...More

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James Madison M... o, Manager at James Madison Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2017

Thank you for taking the time to post a review and photographs. I am delighted that you enjoyed your visit and that you felt it was better than you'd anticipated. I hope we will have the pleasure of your company again soon.

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Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

Don't miss this little Jewel ..... just a mile from Montpelier. A wealth of information local history. Learn something New every time I go. Don't miss it

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James Madison M... o, Manager at James Madison Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Was delighted that you returned! Thank you for sharing your experience for others to read. We appreciate your support.

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Reviewed 19 September 2017

Sept 14th was my birthday and we were driving to visit James Madison Museum and House in Orange, VA. The museum is small, but very nice. The museum is ran by Bethany and she gave us a tour. Stop by the museum first and then...More

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James Madison M... o, Manager at James Madison Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 25 November 2017

Hi, Lizz, I posted the photo - it was such fun meeting you and your husband! Thank you for the donation; hopefully, you received the card for your taxes this year. I hope that your birthday trip might become annual - Best Wishes -

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Reviewed 11 September 2017

This is a must visit if you are in the area. Great facility and great staff. We had a great time and learned about American History.

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James Madison M... o, Manager at James Madison Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 16 September 2017

Thank you for choosing to visit and for posting your thoughts about your visit with us. I hope you can return soon.

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Reviewed 30 May 2017

My wife and I volunteer at James Madison's Montpelier and have taken tours there many times, but I had not previously been to the James Madison Museum in Orange. Today we took friends to Montpelier, then stopped at the James Madison Museum to see what...More

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James Madison M... o, Manager at James Madison Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2017

It was delightful meeting both of you and your two friends! Your knowledge of James, Dolley and Montpelier was evident and enabled us to chat more deeply. Thank you for writing about your visit with us. I sincerely hope you return soon.

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Reviewed 14 May 2017

it takes about an hour. several nice items. then move on to montpellier. nice people and they give you and introduction to the museum.

Thank gary a
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James Madison M... o, Manager at James Madison Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2017

Thank you for taking the time to visit the museum. We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit and appreciate that you took the time to write a review.

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