Join President James Madison as he reflects on the invention of the executive branch of the United States. Hear the philosophy and history that inspired the United States Constitution, and how the small city of Williamsburg played a pivotal role in developing the earliest ideas of liberty and republican government in this young country. Has America realized the principles established in her earliest writings? What will the future hold for this American Experiment?
Dates & Times
A Public Audience with the 4th President, James Madison
A Patriotic American
Elizabeth Braxton, wife of one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, reflects on the changes, challenges, and consequences faced by her family during the Revolution.
Art Museums Admission
African American Contributions at the Governor's Palace
Learn about the contributions of free and enslaved African-Americans during your visit to the Palace. Tours every 20-30 minutes.
Revolutionary Points of View
Step back in time to the eve of the American Revolution, and there are just as many opinions about war and independence as we hear about politics and religion today.
Open to the Public