What is "Unlocking Montpelier"?

In March, we were forced to close Montpelier's doors due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This put us in a unique position to keep Montpelier open “virtually” by educating, inspiring, and engaging the public with our continuing work. When Montpelier re-opened in May, we temporarily paused the Unlocking Montpelier project, leaving the entire second floor locked. In honor of Giving Tuesday, we are relaunching "Unlocking Montpelier" to continue sharing our work and Montpelier's stories. Every donation we receive on Giving Tuesday will help us unlock the remaining rooms.

Each locked room will have a fundraising goal. Once we meet that goal we will unlock that room and reveal videos, images, and other special content from our experts who take care of, study, research, and interpret this house every day. You will learn about archaeological discoveries, architectural clues that aided our restoration, and the way our collections team cares for the hundreds of objects in the house. Meanwhile, your donation will help us continue to do this important work, especially during this very challenging time. 

As a bonus, all new and increased gifts will be matched by the Nancy Woodson Spire Foundation. This match will help unlock the content of each room while increasing the impact of your gift to Montpelier.

Are you ready to get started?