Calendar of Events



Everybody Loves Mrs. Madison: Dolley Madison in Letters and Pictures
This new Grills Gallery exhibit illuminates the iconic Dolley Madison, the original presidential spouse to be called "First Lady," through her personal letters, a daguerreotype by the famed artist Matthew Brady, and a commemorative silver dollar designed by Tiffany & Co. for U.S. Mint. 


The Presidential Detective Story
Architectural, archaeological, and curatorial objects identified through the Presidential Detective Story are now on display in the mansion's second floor chambers. This carefully curated exhibit illustrates the processes that our research teams employ to determine the authenticity and significance of our finds, as well as life at Montpelier in the early 19th century. 


In the Time of Segregation
This self-guided exhibit illustrates a watershed period in American history - the time of segregation - and explains the codification of laws which dictated that blacks and whites be given "separate but equal" accommodation across the South. Open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Located adjacent to Montpelier's main entrance on Rt. 20. Admission is free. 


2015 Events

December 5: Christmas Open House
Tour the mansion for a very special introduction to the holiday season for you and your family. Visit with Santa Claus, enjoy live music, kids’ crafts, and seasonal food. 10:00-5:00. Free.

December 26 - January 3: Kids are Free Promotion
Montpelier is offering free admission to all children (14 and under) who visit with a paying adult. Kids are Free promotion applies exclusively to any Daily Tour. All visitors are asked to check-in at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.

2016 Events

January 4-17: Mansion Restoration
Montpelier will be closed for mansion renovation, painting, and other repairs. Follow our progress on social media.

February 14: President's Weekend
Have you wondered about James and Dolley Madison's love life? On Valentine's Day, Hugh Howard, author of Houses of the Founding Fathers and Mr. And Mrs. Madison's War: America's First Couple and the War of 1812, will discuss the couple's private relationship and public partnership in the Grand Salon.

March 16: James Madison's Birthday
Commemorate the 265th birthday of James Madison, fourth president of the United States, Father of the Constitution, and Architect of the Bill of Rights. The wreath-laying ceremony at the Madison Family Cemetery will feature the United States Marine Corps Band and Color Guard.

March 28: Homeschool Day
This day is designed specially for homeschooling families or any family seeking a fun day out! Guided tours, games, exhibits, nature trails, and additional programs allow you and your family to learn and explore together. 9 AM - 5 PM.

May 20: Dolley Madison's Birthday
Celebrate the 248th birthday of America's First "First Lady." Free cupcakes at the Visitor Center, and free admission to the mansion for anyone who share's Dolley's name or birthday.