The Joe and Marge Grills Gallery at the Montpelier Visitor Center is the location of a rotating “Treasures of Montpelier” exhibit. This state of the art exhibit venue features rare and significant objects owned by or related to the Madisons, works of fine art, historical documents, and archaeological artifacts from Montpelier’s permanent collection as well as items on loan from museums and private collections. Significant pieces, such as Dolley Madison’s engagement ring and James Madison’s walking stick, are displayed in the climate- and light-controlled gallery. Recent rotating exhibits have featured artistic depictions of Montpelier, items associated with Montpelier’s enslaved community, and rare porcelain.
'Everybody Loves Mrs. Madison': Dolley Madison in Letters and Pictures, January 2015
The letters and objects in this exhibit illuminate the everyday life of the iconic Dolley Madison. She penned chatty letters and formal invitations in her distinctive, even handwriting. She loved her husband, worried about her family, faced financial difficulties, and cherished the company of friends.
The Founding Friendship and Enduring Legacy of James Madison and Thomas Jefferson, October 13, 2012 - July 2, 2013