James Madison Museum of Orange County Heritage

Historic Towns & Villages, Museums, Presidential Homes & Sites, Historic Towns & Villages, Museums, Presidential Homes & SitesOrange, VA

A unique presidential, multi-cultural and agricultural museum; the first in the U.S. to honor James Madison, Jr. Our collection consists of a diverse mix of artifacts that includes documents, textiles, farm equipment, conveyances, presidential artifacts and  a 1733 tenant farmhouse built for Alexander Spotswood. Our exhibit rooms: Presidents, Black History, Native American, Hall of Agriculture & Transportation, and a temporary exhibit space.

Less than four minutes from James Madison’s Montpelier in the historic Town of Orange, Virginia.

Members are admitted free of charge and receive a 10% discount on Gift Shop purchases. Beginning January 1, 2021 Admission fees are: Adult (18-64) $10; Seniors, Military and 1st Responders $6; Youth (6-17) $3; under 6 is free of charge. We hope you will visit soon."

James Madison Museum of Orange County Heritage

129 Caroline St
Orange, VA 22960

Orange County, VA


With 6,000 square feet of exhibits, the average visitor enjoys a little over an hour’s visit.

PARKING: An easy walk from Main Street. There is a parking area on our side lot (Church Street), handicap- at the door, street parking and adjacent parking at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church.

GROUP TOURS: We welcome group tours and appreciate advanced notice.


The Town of Orange is home to wonderful restaurants, B&B’s, vineyards/wineries and marvelous antique shops. The Exchange Hotel in Gordonsville is a mere 20 minutes’ drive. James Madison’s Montpelier is 10 minutes away. The beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains are less than an hour away. A mere 30 minutes will have to at Jefferson’s Monticello and Monroe’s Highland House at Ashlawn. Civil War Battlefields within 30 minutes: Wilderness (& Ellwood Manor), Chancellorsville and Cedar Creek.