Submit a program request online or contact a group reservation specialist at:
Phone: (434) 984-9879, Monday-Friday, 9 AM-5 PM
Group policies: 25 individuals max per group. Adults not included in the initial reservation request may be put on a public house tour, separate from the student program. 1 teacher ticket is complimentary with every 24 students.
Please note: Reservations are required for all school group visits and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. A deposit is required to finalize confirmation. Please check with us for current pricing and availability
Monticello: The House Tour
Tour: 35 minutes (Allow 2 hours)
Enjoy a scheduled 35-minute guided house tour and self-guided access to Jefferson’s gardens, the workrooms and storage areas, Mulberry Row—the center of plantation activity in Jefferson’s time—and the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center’s theater and museum galleries.
Regular House Tour Rates
Student/youth-organization groups (K-12) of any size: $8
One teacher or chaperone per 24 students is admitted free of charge; all other adults, including additional teachers, will be admitted at the reduced rate of $18 and must be included in the reservation.
Students, $10; One teacher or chaperone per 24 students is admitted free of charge.
All other adults, including additional teachers, will be admitted at the reduced rate of $18 and must be included in the reservation.
2 ½ -hour guided programs, including house tour
Grades 3-12 (200 people/8 groups max)
Explore public and private spaces on Jefferson’s “little mountain” as you learn about the people who lived and worked here over 200 years ago. This program provides an introduction to Monticello as a working plantation, Jefferson as a Founding Father and man of the enlightenment and—new this year—Monticello’s “revolutionary” gardens.
Childhood at Monticello
Grades K-3 (100 people/4 groups max)
See Monticello through the eyes of its youngest residents. Students will roll hoops and sing songs on the West Lawn, just as Jefferson’s grandchildren did. Indoor activities will be substituted in the case of inclement weather. Note: Offered April – October
Waiting on Liberty *NEW PROGRAM!*
Grades 8-12 (50 people/2 groups max)
Students are prompted to take a thoughtful look at the enslaved African Americans who worked in Thomas Jefferson’s “Great House.” Following the house tour, students are invited to participate in a facilitated dialogue and personal reflection on the meaning of liberty.
4-hour guided programs, including house tour
4-hour guided programs include a workshop, house tour and lunch break. Programs are designed for students in grades 3-6 (basic) and 7-12 (advanced).
Daily Life at Monticello
(150 people/6 groups max)
Explore the lives and experiences of Thomas Jefferson, his family, and Monticello’s enslaved plantation community through the objects that illustrate their stories. Students will examine historic pockets to uncover evidence and gain perspective on daily life and work at Monticello.
(150 people/6 groups max)
Thomas Jefferson wanted to be remembered for just three main contributions to society; authoring the Declaration of American Independence and the Virginia Statue for Religious Freedom, and fathering the University of Virginia. Explore how Jefferson influenced the evolution of this new nation as you place his contributions within the context of Enlightenment thinking and America’s ongoing experiment in democracy.
Jefferson and Architecture
(100 people/4 groups max)
Jefferson delighted in what he called “putting up and pulling down.” In this hands-on workshop, students become architects-in-training as they explore ways in which Jefferson applied classical Greek and Roman building styles in new ways through his iconic “essay in architecture,” Monticello.
Home Educators, Scouts Troops and Camp Groups:
Classroom.Monticello.org provides a wealth of materials for home educators. Visit Monticello.org for details about our annual Home Educators’ day, scout days, and other special events. Mark your calendars: registration for Home Educators’ Day (March 6, 2013) and Scout Day (March 16, 2013) begins January 1, 2013
Questions? Contact Monticello’s Education and Visitor Programs Department at Education@monticello.org