The University of Mary Washington Galleries present art exhibitions and educational events of interest to the University community and the general public at the Ridderhof Martin Gallery and the duPont Gallery. Exhibitions are brought in from museums around the country, or are drawn from the permanent collection of more than 5,000 artworks. Mid-20th-century American and Asian art make up the largest parts of the permanent collection. Exhibitions of works by art faculty, art students, and senior art majors are held annually.
The James Monroe Museum is the first place to contact to learn about President James Monroe, the founding of our continental republic, and the hemispheric protection of the Monroe Doctrine. The museum was founded by descendants of President Monroe and is located on Monroes land in the historic district of downtown Fredericksburg. Deeded by the James Monroe Memorial Foundation to the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1964, the James Monroe Museum owns the largest collection of Monroe artifacts, Monroe-related books, and significant archives including 700 letters to and from Monroe and 26,000 other original documents including many focused on the Revolutionary and Federal periods of history. In addition to conserving and enhancing the collections, the James Monroe Museum also maintains and develops special outreach programs and serves as a laboratory for students as well as a research resource for faculty. It is a sister institution to the University’s James Monroe Presidential Center (which includes the publishing project, The Papers of James Monroe).
The Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont is the former residence of the renowned American figure painter Gari Melchers (1860-1932). The museum consists of the artist’s 18th century home, art studio, and formal gardens. The stone studio and galleries house the largest collection of Melchers’ works anywhere. Located on 26 wooded acres overlooking the Rappahannock River, the site is a National Historic Landmark that offers guided tours, art exhibitions, a museum shop and rental facilities for conferences and weddings. Open daily, year round.