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$25 Adults
$16 Children 12—18 May 25 - Sep. 1
$8 Children 5—11 Year round (under 5 are free)
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IndoorIndoor
Around 30 minutesAround 30 minutes
Family-friendlyFamily-friendly
Maximum 20 peopleMaximum 20 people

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Family Friendly Tour and Day Pass

April 12-27, June 7 - Sept. 1 Also, first three weekends in October, Columbus Day, and December 26-30.
On the hour, 10 am - 3 pm.

These special guided 40-minute tours of Thomas Jefferson's house are designed especially for families with children ages 5 to 11. Featuring hands-on opportunities, these tours provide a glimpse of life at Monticello and highlight Jefferson’s accomplishments and wide-ranging interests.

Included in the Family Friendly Day Pass:

Guided Tours

State of the Art Visitor Center

Access to

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Guidelines for Family Friendly Tours

Please arrive at Monticello at least 35 minutes prior to your scheduled tour time. This will enable you to park, receive your tickets, and ride the shuttle bus to the mountaintop.

The time listed on your reservation and tickets is the time that you are to be at the East Walk, the area directly in front of Monticello where the house tour groups are formed. Visitors are admitted to the house according to the times printed on their tickets. Except in rare cases, visitors can expect to begin their house tour within 10 minutes.

Please note that if you should arrive late for your reserved time, you will be assigned the next available time slot. On some days, this could mean a significant wait or, in the event all time slots are filled, issuance of a grounds ticket (no house tour).

Reservations and tickets are valid only on the date specified. There will be no refunds unless the tour is canceled by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation.

Other Guidelines

  • Bags and Backpacks. No bags or backpacks exceeding 11" by 15" by 6" are allowed beyond the Shuttle Station.
  • In the House. Eating, drinking, chewing gum, and using tobacco products are prohibited in the house. Cell phones and other electronic devices must be turned off. Still photography, filming, and video recording are prohibited. Visitors are urged not to touch or lean on walls or furnishings.
  • On the Grounds. The West Lawn is open to visitors. Otherwise, visitors are asked to keep to the designated paths and trails while on the grounds.
  • Photography. Still photography, filming, and video recording for personal use are permitted on the grounds of Monticello. No photography of any kind is allowed inside the house.
  • Pets. Pets are allowed on the grounds if leashed. Pets (excluding certified service dogs) are not allowed in any buildings or on the shuttle buses. Visitors bringing pets are required to clean up after them.
  • Smoking. Monticello is a smoke-free site.
  • Visiting with Kids. Parents with toddlers are encouraged to use small strollers when touring the house. Parents of active or restless young children may be asked to take turns touring the house, as a courtesy to other visitors.

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Discussion

says

On what must have been one of the hottest days of the summer, my family group toured with Marie yesterday. Our 4-yr-old was captivated by her presentation and our 2-yr-old even started listening before the tour was finished. Three generations of our family (including a visiting great-aunt & uncle) came away feeling that both our time and money had been well spent. Great job! We all left a little damp from perspiration but the smiles were even warmer than the weather. Thank you.

says

We did this tour yesterday with Margaret. She was great! Kids had a great experience, which is impressive when you can slow 4 and 8 year old boys down long enough to learn. Mom & Dad had fun and learned something too!

says

I couldn't agree more with Liz's comment below. We hear time and again what a wonderful experience families have on these tours.

says

Speaking as a tour guide at Monticello, these Family Friendly Tours are so much fun. I have had multi-generations on tours! I still can’t decide if the kids like it best or their parents or their grandparents! This is a very interactive tour packed with information for kids and for adults. There is something for everyone! The kids leave with a memento of their visit to Monticello. The adults leave with a very, very, sweet family memory…priceless!

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