Exhibits and Galleries


A Young Nation Stands: James Madison and the War of 1812

A special exhibit at Montpelier that tells the story of James Madison’s Presidency and wartime struggle. The War of 1812 was the first test to our nation’s survival and our constitution’s sustainability—the outcome determined the legitimacy of the American experiment in the eyes of the world.

Grills Gallery

While at the Visitor Center, stop by the Joe and Marge Grills Gallery to see the Treasures of Montpelier—including such items as Dolley's engagement ring and snuff box, and James Madison’s walking stick, a gift from lifelong friend Thomas Jefferson.

duPont Gallery

At the south end of the Visitor Center, you can stroll through the William duPont Sr. Gallery to see what life was like at Montpelier during the early-20th century for another grand American family.

Mansion Cellars

The cellars, out of view to most of the Madisons' guests, were the everyday world of Montpelier's enslaved household workers.

Archaeology Lab

The archaeology lab is just down the hill from the mansion and houses all of the artifacts that we have excavated at Montpelier. Here visitors can open artifact drawers and examine historic pieces from Madison sites, Civil War camps, and prehistoric villages here on the property..

The Founding Friendship and Enduring Legacy of James Madison and Thomas Jefferson

October 13, 2012 marked the opening of The Founding Friendship and Enduring Legacy of James Madison and Thomas Jefferson, an exhibit highlighting the personal friendship and political partnership of the Father of the Constitution and the author of the Declaration of Independence. A companion symposium by the same title, featuring lectures by Ralph Ketcham, David Mattern, Andrew Burstein, Nancy Isenberg, Sue Perdue, and Jack Rakove, was held the same day.