Not every national monument is closed. Montpelier, home of James Madison, Father of the Constitution, is open. 


While the nation’s public monuments, parks and museums remain closed during the ongoing government shutdown, Montpelier, home of James and Dolley Madison, is open and continues be a place for all interested in learning more about Madison’s vision of American self-government. Montpelier is operated by The Montpelier Foundation and is supported by philanthropic support and earned, mission-related income.

At Montpelier, visitors have the opportunity to learn about Madison’s role in the creation of the U.S. Constitution, the origins of our country, and the Constitution itself, including the powers and responsibilities of our elected representatives. “We have received hundreds of calls asking if we are open and the answer is ‘Yes.’ These politically divisive times underscore the importance of American civic engagement and understanding how our government works. Visit us to learn more about American democracy through the lens of the “Father of the Constitution,” said Kat Imhoff, CEO and President of The Montpelier Foundation.

Because of Montpelier’s close proximity to Washington, D.C. and as a reminder of our shared responsibility to instill American constitutional values in every generation, Montpelier invites furloughed federal workers to take a complementary guided tour of the Madison home during the shutdown. “If you are looking to escape the drama of the federal shutdown, follow the example of James and Dolley—leave Washington and find respite and inspiration in the beauty of Montpelier,” added Imhoff.

Current federal employees with federal identification are able to take a guided tour of Montpelier in Orange, Virginia at no cost from today until the end of the government shutdown. The discount will be given at the Visitor Center and is available only for current employees and is not available for family members or friends. For visitation hours and directions, visit



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