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Special Event

Calling all young scholars: Home Educators' Day!

$15 Adults
$6 Students (ages 5 & up)
Free Children 4 & under

Please call 434-984-9880 to reserve a house tour.


David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center and Monticello
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Note: Due to high demand, we recommend that you make an advance reservation via the phone at 434-984-9880. If you don’t yet have a reservation, please expect a long wait time for a house tour. It is also possible that we will sell out of house tours; in that case, tickets will be available at a reduced rate, allowing access to all other home educator day activities, and the gardens, grounds and visitor center.

Explore the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center including the film Thomas Jefferson’s World, and innovative exhibitions on architecture, the Monticello plantation, and the creation of the United States, and the hands-on Griffin Discovery Room. Then, take a special guided tour of Monticello, the house where Jefferson enjoyed his retirement years with his large extended family.

Say “Jefferson loved macaroni and cheese!”

 Post your favorite photos on our Monticello Home Educators’ Day Flickr group. 


Visit Monticello's Mulberry Row to learn more about the lives of enslaved people who lived and worked at Monticello, and roll hoops and play games on the West Lawn, just as Jefferson’s grandchildren did 200 years ago. Stop by the interactive indoor and outdoor activity stations that will allow students to explore a variety of Jeffersonian topics, including a “From Bean to Beverage” American Heritage Chocolate Tasting and historic chocolate presentation.

Light meals and refreshments are available for purchase at the Monticello Café.  Enjoy the Shop at Monticello, which provides shopping opportunities for books and other learning materials related to the exploration of the worlds of Thomas Jefferson.

Home Educator special activities offered from 10:00 am–3:00 pm.  The grounds will be open from 8:30 am–6:00 pm.  Reservations are recommended though not required.

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Event At A Glance:
Around 2 hours
Indoor & Outdoor


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Kelleycassy's picture
I know the event page for the home educators day says we don't need to have reservations, but when I tried to buy some tickets for tomorrow it says there are no available spots. Does this mean the event is now full and no more can be added? We would come a long way and I'd hate for us to show up and not get in. Please advise. There is 5 of us. Can we buy tickets at the door? Thank you!
lauriejm's picture
We are scheduled for a tour at 12:10 and 12:15. Are are we able to come earlier and participate in the activities and see the grounds before our reservation time?
Jacqueline's picture
Hi Laurie, and yes - absolutely! Your ticket gets you access to Monticello the entire day, and we're open to the public 8:30AM - 6PM. Come as soon as our doors open to enjoy the museum galleries, intro film, and grounds. Special activity stations will be open and active from 10AM - 3PM, and you're welcome to stay until 6PM if you'd like. Thanks for your question and we'll see you soon!
Jacqueline Langholtz's picture
I'm new to this - is the time on the ticket the tour time? If we do not buy tickets in advance for Home Educators Day will we be able to schedule a tour when we arrive on Wednesday?
Jacqueline's picture
Shannon, thanks for your question. You're correct that the timed ticket is the time your guided House Tour begins; we usually recommend arriving at least thirty minutes before your scheduled House Tour time so as not to miss it. Admission gets you all day access to the museum galleries, grounds, additional outdoor tours, and special drop-in activity stations, but that House Tour time is specific. As long as we have not yet sold out for the day, we will be selling walk-up tickets on Wednesday. I hope you can join us!
Jacqueline Langholtz
BHeart's picture
Is the “From Bean to Beverage” American Heritage Chocolate Tasting and historic chocolate presentation at the Monticello Museum Shop included in the cost of this tour? Thank you, Traci C.
Jacqueline's picture
Hello Traci, and thanks for your question. YES - The American Heritage Chocolate Tasting presentation and demonstration is included in the day's ticket cost and will actually be one of the drop-in activity stations, open 10AM - 3PM. We hope you'll come by for a taste or two!
Jacqueline Langholtz
Jacqueline's picture
Less than two weeks until our Home Educators' Day! This year's event will feature costumed interpreters along Mulberry Row demonstrating crafts such as basket weaving and period cooking, as well as storytelling and traditional sing-alongs. Lots for students of all ages. We hope you can join us!
Jacqueline Langholtz
vickiwic's picture
Is there an additional price to tour the house? Or is that included in the home days price?
Jacqueline's picture
Hello Vicki - Thanks for your question. The price of the ticket DOES include the scheduled house tour, as well as access to all the special home educator activity stations (10AM - 3PM) and outdoor tours of the gardens and Mulberry Row throughout the day. It looks like we'll have great weather for the event - I hope you can make it!
Jacqueline Langholtz
Joharowa's picture
Is there a special price for the tour including the upstairs of the house for homeschooling day?
mommy2Mx4's picture
We home-school my 8 and 5 year old, and also have a 3 year old, and 15 month old. We plan to bring them all to the home-school day and am wondering if other families do the same and if you think the younger two will still find it interesting.
mommy2Mx4 (not verified)
JRuscella's picture
Does the "special guided tour" include upstairs in the house? Thanks!
Jacqueline's picture
Thanks for your question. If you’re interested in visiting the upstairs of the house, please reserve a separate “Behind the Scenes Tour” ticket for your visit. Standard house tours include all rooms on Monticello’s main floor and last about 40 minutes. The Home Educators’ Day “special house tours” will be tailored with students in mind and incorporate more hands-on opportunities than the typical house tour. See you on the mountain!
Jacqueline Langholtz
HomeschoolFamily's picture
Is it correct that tickets must be purchased in advance for this event? If so, when is the last date we can purchase them? Thanks so much!
Homeschool Family
Jacqueline's picture
Thanks for your question. Online ticket sales will close the day before the event. Walk-up tickets will be available for purchase as long as house tour spots are available. To ensure a smooth day, we recommend purchasing your group's tickets in advance by phone or online. See you on the mountain!
Jacqueline Langholtz
Jacqueline's picture
Mary, thanks for your question. The Visitor's Center opens at 10AM on Home Educators' Day; that is in keeping with our winter hours. We look forward to welcoming students and their families then!
Jacqueline Langholtz
MaryGknits's picture
If we have a reservation for the tour at 10:25, can we get into the Visitor's Center at 9?


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