Montpelier is more than just the home of one of America’s Founding Fathers. It’s a place where we can learn how our Constitution affects our everyday lives. An ongoing archaeological dig that tells us more about 18th century life. It’s a destination for anyone who wants to know more about how the thinking of James Madison changed the world.
Montpelier is a memorial to James Madison and the Enslaved Community, a museum of American history, and a center for constitutional education. Via interpretation, research, and civic education, Montpelier engages the public with the enduring legacy of Madison’s most powerful idea: government by the people.
Shop for seasonal gift items, gourmet food and wine, locally sourced pottery, and much more at Montpelier’s Museum Shop, located in the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center. Don’t miss their huge selection of books hand-picked for the Madison enthusiast.
Once you’re done exploring the museum shop, we recommend checking out some of the hiking trails around the grounds.
Open Air Venue