May 30, 2023

James Monroe Museum Endorses Healthy Living

The James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library joined First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move! Museums and Gardens” initiative to fight against child obesity. The museum will offer drop-in yoga classes in its garden on Saturday mornings in May and June.

The James Monroe Museum will hold yoga classes in its garden as part of the “Let’s Move!” Initiative. Photo courtesy of Lee Brauer.

The James Monroe Museum is the first Fredericksburg-area museum to join the initiative. Classes will be held from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on May 11, 18 and 25 and on June 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 for $12 per class.

More than 614 institutions in all 50 states and the District of Columbia have joined the initiative, and an estimated 17,500 museums in the U.S. have collectively hosted 850 million visits each year. First Lady Obama launched the initiative in 2011 to stress the importance of healthy eating habits and regular physical activity.

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The James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library is a National Historic Landmark owned by the Commonwealth of Virginia and administered by the University of Mary Washington. Founded in 1927, it is the nation’s largest repository of artifacts and documents related to the fifth President of the United States. For hours of operation, directions, and other information, call (540) 654-1043, or visit

About Brynn Boyer

Brynn Boyer is assistant director of media and public relations and a 2010 graduate of UMW.