The first museum in the U.S. to honor our 4th President James Madison. The Museum houses a wonderful collection of documents, costumes, farm equipment, Madison family artifacts and even a 1730's Patent House. There is something for everyone to enjoy. Memberships available and supporting members visit free and receive 10% discount on Gift Shop purchases.


The Museum’s mission is to preserve and present the remarkable history of Orange County, along with the contributions of the Father of the Constitution/President James Madison, First Lady, Dolley Madison and Orange-born President (General) Zachary Taylor.


In our Hall of Agriculture & Transportation, guests enjoy the large collection of agricultural implements and 1732 cube house; testaments to the agrarian history of Orange.  Our Black History Room conveys the intertwined history of Black Americans from the American Revolution onward through Post-Emancipation.  The Madison Room displays numerous possessions of Madison and Taylor; along with artifacts of each of the eight Virginia-born presidents.  The Native American exhibit will hopefully inspire our guests to learn more about the first Americans and encourage research, education and dialogue.  Our Temporary Exhibit Room changes every few months - so come see what's on exhibit today!

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It is official!!! The James Madison Museum of Orange County Heritage Charters of Freedom setting will be built, Spring 2022.

There will only be 2 Charters of Freedom settings in Virginia until Foundation Forward finishes with North and South Carolina. The OC setting with have a little something extra -- will share with you at a later date!
CLICK HERE to view how you can help

The James Madison Memorial Foundation is pleased to announce a partnership with The Helen Marie Taylor Trust for the exclusive rights to offer ticketed tours of historic Bloomsbury. The tour dates, hours and admission fees will be publicized in the near future. Look for future details of a special event to be held during the Labor Day weekend that will share the architectural and varied history of Bloomsbury as well as a special fireworks celebration honoring Helen Marie Taylor.

Upcoming Events at the Museum

Register for some of our events, click here.

Our Latest Exhibit

Fragments of Our Past, An Eclectic Look at Orange, Virginia

Enjoy a diversity of artifacts from the 1700s up to 1970's. This exhibit presents whimsical as well as thought-provoking artifacts intended to offer an opportunity to appreciate the past and enrich our future. "Fragments of Our Past, An Eclectic Look at Orange, Virginia" - Hope to see you soon!

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Covid Protocols

Current Protective Measures in Place:

  • Tours:  Under 10:  Reservations appreciated but not mandatory.  6,000+ feet of exhibit space makes Social Distancing easy to practice. 

  • Tours are self-guided with docents available to answer questions.

  • Museum provides masks but you are welcome to wear your own.

  • Sanitizing measures are employed by staff members between tours. 

Updates and a Little History

My thanks to Robert Van Ness and his Virginia History Podcast.

I've never done one before, I think nerves made me talk...a lot!

There is a "Show Notes" section that will feature photographs of the pod cast tour; the tour itself begins around 4:41. You can choose how you wish to listen. On the same page, lower down, are photographs - more will be posted.  Click Here.