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Exhibitions

FEBRUARY 22, 2014 - JANUARY 10, 2016
In this special exhibition, we invite you to join us in exploring George Washington’s creation of a picture-perfect setting. Discover the ideas that shaped his vision and inspired the landscape at Mount Vernon.

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Past Exhibits

TAKE NOTE! GEORGE WASHINGTON THE READER

An unprecedented special exhibition of important books, letters, documents, and museum artifacts from Washington's library and life. The exhibition brings Washington's lifelong passion and quest for education into view, and gives us an intriguing glimpse into the Father of our Nation.

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HOECAKES & HOSPITALITY: COOKING WITH MARTHA WASHINGTON

This exhibition explored how foods were prepared and presented at Mount Vernon. Before appearing in the dining rooms, crispy hoecakes, smoked hams, frozen ice creams, and other foods required the work of gardeners, housekeepers, enslaved cooks, butlers, and waiters—all under the careful supervision of Martha Washington, early America’s premier hostess.

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MOUNT VERNON IN MINIATURE

A fitting tribute to George Washington's ambitious vision for his home at Mount Vernon, this extraordinary miniature represents the Mansion as it looked in 1799. Based on an extensive room by room inventory of the Mansion after Washington's death, Mount Vernon in Miniature measures ten feet long, more than eight feet high, and approximately six feet wide.

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GEORGE WASHINGTON AND HIS GENERALS

Over 120 paintings, prints, personal artifacts, and manuscripts associated with the generals of the Continental and French armies were featured in this exhibition. These objects offered visitors an unprecedented look at Washington's leadership and character as commander in chief by bringing to life the relationships that formed between him and his generals as they fought for our nation's freedom.

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SETTING THE PRESIDENT'S TABLE

This exhibition showcased a sampling of porcelains from the McNeil Americana Collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. All were used by American presidents as they entertained executive residence guests during their respective administrations. Most were used on the presidential dining table.

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A SON AND HIS ADOPTIVE FATHER

Organized in partnership with Lafayette College, this exhibit was comprised of more than 125 artifacts drawn from some twenty museums and private collections. Portraits of Washington and Lafayette, ceramics, silver, glass, weapons, jewelry, textiles, memorabilia, letters and other documents were organized into three chronological sections that traced Lafayette's impact on America and his relationship with the Washington family.

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About the Exhibit Space

Mount Vernon presents temporary exhibitions on a variety of themes in the F. M. Kirby Foundation Gallery of the Donald W. Reynolds Museum.

Learn more about the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center at Mount Vernon