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Address: 129 Caroline St, Orange, VA 22960-1532
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+1 540-672-1776
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Founded in 1976, the first museum to honor 4th President James Madison. The...

Founded in 1976, the first museum to honor 4th President James Madison. The Museum houses a wealth of artifacts in its nearly 13,000 square feet of exhibit space that bring to life the rich history of Orange, Virginia. A nice assortment of Madison's belongings along with a large and diverse collection ranging from art and textiles to farm tools and a 1923 Model T. We even have a 1732 Patent House. Only 4 miles from our friends at James Madison's Montpelier, located in the historic town of Orange. Handicap friendly and plenty of parking around the building.

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nice little museum

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

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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411 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

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James Madison M... o, Manager at James Madison Museum, responded to this review

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. More 

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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Educational, and visitor friendly. The surrounding area is historic and beautiful with gently rolling hills and farms with happily grazing cows. Large, architecturally enticing estate homes are jewels dropped along the roads that meander through the countryside.

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James Madison M... o, Manager at James Madison Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to visit the museum. We also appreciate that you took more time to write a review. It is a beautiful area - hope you will return soon. More 

Virginia
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28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017

This is a great place to visit in Orange, Va. You can learn about the Presidents that Lived in Virginia, the Civil War and Montpelier.

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James Madison M... o, Manager at James Madison Museum, responded to this review

Thank you, "Jak" for posting a review of our museum. Delighted that you enjoyed your visit and hope that you will return soon. More 

Asheville
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 March 2017

A good place to start before Montpellier visit. A small, low tech museum that was nice. Nice collection of artifacts and good historical timeline of James Madison.

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James Madison M... o, Manager at James Madison Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing information about your visit and we are glad you had a nice time. I hope you've had a chance to look over the printout of the timeline and other information and that it is useful. We strive to ensure each guest has a pleasant visit and enjoy sharing history and information about our historic community along... More 

Fredericksburg, Virginia
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342 reviews
176 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

This is a small but impressive museum located right next door to a historic church where Robert E. Lee worshipped in 1863. Many artifacts associated with presidential figures, as well as local exhibits of historic importance are to be seen. The vast majority of these historic treasures have come from the local residents. The staff is friendly and well-informed, and... More 

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James Madison M... o, Manager at James Madison Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and the generous words of praise for our museum. I think most people are delightfully surprised when they discover all that is exhibited within our building. I am glad that you enjoyed your visit and hope that you will come again soon. More 

Amissville, Virginia
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71 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

Well I went on Election Day and I didn't pay an admission fee; however, there is a donation box there. Although the website does state there is a fee, non was imposed when I went. The museum has lots of different artifacts on 2 levels. You can actually handle some of the artifacts, just make sure your kids are not... More 

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James Madison M... o, Manager at James Madison Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit and hope that you tell your friends about the many treasures here. It is usually a surprise to visitors to learn how large the museum is with such a modest exterior. Thank you for pointing out that we do charge admission ($5.50 adults, $2.50 youth ages... More 

Albuquerque, New Mexico
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15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016

This museum, located in Orange, VA, is a great place to find many small surprises. Faithfully maintained, this museum is an exciting and educational place, especially if you are looking to supplement your Montpelier/James Madison period experience. There are many interesting items in the collection, including early period outfits, antique automobiles and other mechanical equipment and items to delight the... More 

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James Madison M... o, Manager at James Madison Museum, responded to this review

Thank you, Scott, for taking the time to write a review about your visit to our museum. I am delighted that you enjoyed your visit and hope you can return again soon. More 

Virginia
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83 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2016

It's a shame that the museum is not better recognized for the wonderful repository that it is. This is a large building that extends well beyond it's street appearance. There are objects here that could easily be displayed in the Smithsonian. It is clean, well organized and has the added asset of a director who loves her position and the... More 

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James Madison M... o, Manager at James Madison Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your generous praise. I am delighted that you enjoyed your visit along with the wealth of preserved history here at the James Madison Museum of Orange County Heritage. I hope that your travels will bring back again soon. More 

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4 reviews
Reviewed 12 September 2016

I would never have gone to this museum if I hadn't been on a group outing, but I really enjoyed it and have recommended it to others since. There is, of course, a lot about James Madison's life and accomplishments, all related by pleasant and knowledgeable docents. But my favorite part was the lower level, which dealt with the county... More 

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James Madison M... o, Manager at James Madison Museum, responded to this review

Thank you, Jane, for your review and I am delighted that your visit was enjoyable and educational! Also, thank you for recommending this gem to others; it is appreciated. More 

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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 2016 via mobile

Very enjoyable stop in Orange. The docent was very informative and friendly. You can spend as little as an hour or longer if you want.

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James Madison M... o, Manager at James Madison Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to visit Trip Adviser and providing a review for the James Madison Museum of Orange County Heritage. I hope you can visit again when next in Orange. More 

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