Thomas Jefferson — political philosopher, architect, musician, book collector, scientist, horticulturist, diplomat, inventor, and third president of the United States — looms large in any discussion of what Americans are as a people. Jefferson left to the future not only ideas but also a great body of practical achievements. With his strong beliefs in the rights of man and a government derived from the people, in freedom of religion and the separation between church and state, and in education available to all, Thomas Jefferson struck a chord for human liberty 200 years ago that resounds through the decades.
The museum collection reflects the design, construction and maintenance of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, as well as the individuals (designers, builders) associated with the site. These are commemorative spaces that allow visitors to reflect on the people and events honored at each memorial.
(National Mall and Memorial Parks)