Thomas Jefferson was a firm believer that "useful knowledge" could make life more efficient and convenient, and he used Monticello as a laboratory for that theory.
A hands-on activity center for children
Monticello visitors—especially those ages 6 to 12—can literally get in touch with American history in the Griffin Discovery Room through hands-on activities.
The Hall served as a reception area and waiting room for visitors and a museum of American natural history, western civilization, and American Indian cultures.
View Room Panorama
Dimensions: 27' 11"x 23' 9"; ceiling 18' 2"