Dolley Madison and the Museum


Daguerreotypes. Slippers. A Sèvres porcelain plate. A red velvet dress. Dolley Madison and the Museum highlights some of the museum’s amazing Madison-related collections. connecting the stories behind the objects and showing how they came to the museum.

These items reveal surprising details about the life and work of the Madisons and highlight ways Dolley has been remembered in Greensboro and beyond.

A changing component offers visitors a chance to see fragile objects that can only be exhibited for a short period of time. We start with a rare look at Dolley’s velvet dress,
on display May-August 2018. A Tunisian mantle given to the Madisons when James served as Secretary of State, Dolley’s trademark turban, daguerreotypes and a 1796 coded letter between James Madison and James Monroe will be part of this rotation into 2019.