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James Madison's Montpelier

11350 Constitution Hwy, Montpelier Station, VA 22957-9900
+1 540-672-2728
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Interesting and beautiful museum

The home of James Madison is presented as it was when he lived there. The guide we had talked non... read more

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TheCoopers841
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Ross-on-Wye, United Kingdom
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Kids Loved It & We Learned A Lot

We loved every minute of our time at Monteplier. Our guide, Deb, was fantastic - she engaged both... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
jfm14
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Montpelier is the lifelong home of James Madison, fourth President of the United States, Father of the Constitution, and Architect of the Bill of Rights; and his wife, Dolley, America's first "First Lady." The historic home and grounds are open to visitors and adult and student groups seven days a week. House tours are complemented by the permanent exhibition "The Mere Distinction of Colour"; walking tours; galleries; the Museum Shop; the Madison family and slave cemeteries; an archaeology lab and active archaeological dig sites; formal gardens; 8+ miles of forest trails, and award-winning food at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center's Exchange Cafe. Located 25 miles north of Charlottesville and 4 miles south of historic Orange on Route 20, Constitution Highway. Montpelier is administered by The Montpelier Foundation and is a National Trust Historic Site. Montpelier is a monument to James Madison, a museum of American history, and a center for constitutional education that engages the public with the enduring legacy of Madison's most powerful idea: government by the people.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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11350 Constitution Hwy, Montpelier Station, VA 22957-9900
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The home of James Madison is presented as it was when he lived there. The guide we had talked non stop and was compelling. She held our attention the whole time and gave a thorough and interesting account of James Madison’s life and family, his...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We loved every minute of our time at Monteplier. Our guide, Deb, was fantastic - she engaged both the adults and kids. The grounds are beautiful and worth wandering as well as the excavation sites. We also stopped at Montpelier train station for a first...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The guides were knowledgeable, the scene beautiful, and the information necessary during this Tim elf extreme political turmoil. Although Madison and the other founding fathers wrote many of these documents for themselves and their break from England, their words still have their affect today. Madison...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Virginia is rich in Presidential Homes. Madison’s may not get the attention of Washington’s or Jefferson’s it is no doubt worthy of a visit and tour. The one hour tour is a good overview of the home, Madison’s family and his Historical impact in our...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

While Montpelier doesn't get the attention that Mount Vernon and Monticello do, it's not far behind those in terms of beauty and history. Because it's less popular, the estate seems more sedate and you can feel transported back in time much easier than the more...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I brought my student's here as part of their Civics trip. I called back in February inquiring about tickets for our visit in June. They recommended that I visit with their resident education director, who put together an amazing experience for my students. They were...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing restoration. Amazing docents. The museum covers both 1800s of Madison and 1900s of the more recent owner, the DuPont family. It is exceedingly well done. Even the café food is well done (and that borders on a genuine miracle). Don’t try to decide between...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The history of James & Dolley was really interesting. Our tour guided made it come alive. Make sure you do the basement of the house, it highlights slavery at Montpelier.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have lived in Virginia 15 years and finally had the opportunity to visit Montpelier. I have to admit I didn't know much about the James and Dolley Madison but thanks to a wonderful tour guide, Becca, I learned quite a bit. A lovely country...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great place to visit to brush up on early American history, and the role that James Madison played in shaping The Constitution of The United States. You will learn about his wife, Dolly Madison, as well. The house is very handsome, and...More

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MAWMOM
27 February 2018|
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Response from Christy M | Property representative |
Thank you for your interest! Beginning March 27, Montpelier's grounds will be open to the public from 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. The first tour of the day will begin at 9:45 a.m. and the last tour of the day will begin at 4:15 p.m... More
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Rickie D
24 February 2018|
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Response from WasOnce | Reviewed this property |
The tours are timed: you purchase a ticket for a specific start time. You begin with a movie in the Visitor Center, then walk to the house (5 minutes or so).The actual time in the house for the Signature Tour was a bit over... More
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donnaseay58
5 September 2017|
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Response from Christy M | Property representative |
Thank you for your inquiry. Montpelier's grounds, gardens, and trails are free and open to the public daily during regular business hours. The cost for a guided house tour is $22/adults; $9/children 6-14; and free/children 5... More
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