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Please call 434-984-9880 to reserve a house tour.
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.
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.
New this year! Students can dig in a mock excavation and learn proper field techniques, such as digging, screening, and identifying artifacts. (The dig free, but reservations are required.)
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 am–4 pm. The grounds will be open from 8:30 am–6:00 pm. Reservations are recommended though not required.
Download the flyer below for more information and a checklist of Home Educators' Day activities.