Tours of the House

A guided tour of Monticello provides an intimate look at the extraordinary house Thomas Jefferson built and furnished for himself and his family. See the furnishings, art, books, gadgets and other objects that reveal Jefferson's unique mind. Our basic guided Day Pass house tour includes the rooms on Monticello's first floor and lasts about 35 minutes. The upper floors are accessible through one of our extended daytime Behind-the-Scenes Tours and Evening Signature Tours.

In the cellar area, visit the dependencies at your leisure and check out the new Crossroads Exhibition, as well as the restored wine cellar, kitchen, smokehouse, and slave quarters. Visit Thomas Jefferson’s revolutionary Vegetable Garden, a 1,000-foot-long terraced hanging garden with seasonal vegetables planted throughout the year. Kids and families can enjoy the Mountaintop Hands-on Activity Center with family-oriented activities set up outside next to the house during warmer months. Explore the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center, including four exhibitions featuring historic objects, interactive technology, and ground-breaking research. The film Thomas Jefferson’s World is offered all day at the visitor center and runs continually year-round. Kids of all ages will enjoy the hands-on Griffin Discovery Room.

Group Tours: Special rates are available for adult groups of 25 or more, and for youth/student groups. Call 434-984-9880 for more information and to make reservations.

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