Happening at Monticello

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  • Meet Thomas Jefferson

    Monticello
    11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    Guests can meet Thomas Jefferson (as portrayed by Bill Barker) in person, Tuesday - Saturday: 11am, noon, 2pm, and 3pm, during regularly scheduled hours (subject to change).

  • Highlights Tour

    Monticello
    All Day
    Tour

    This 45-minute guided experience includes first floor spaces in Thomas Jefferson’s home, the West Lawn, and the South Wing. You’ll learn about Jefferson and his vision for America, the realities of slavery on the Monticello plantation, and the mountaintop’s iconic architecture. This popular pass includes access to our gardens, grounds, walking tours, family-friendly activities, and exhibits.

  • Behind-the-Scenes Tours

    Monticello
    All Day
    Tour

    Have you always wanted to go upstairs at Monticello? This exclusive pass takes you behind the scenes: through the first floor of Monticello and up the narrow staircase to explore the private quarters on the second and third floors, including the iconic Dome Room.

  • Exhibition - The Declaration of Independence

    Robert H. and Clarice Smith Gallery at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center
    All Day
    Tour

    Visit our newest exhibition and learn more about the document that started it all. See a rare engraving of the Declaration of Independence, test your knowledge about America's history, and learn more about the impact of the Declaration around the world.

  • Self-Guided Tours

    3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Tour

    This popular pass includes a self-guided house tour and access to our gardens, grounds, and exhibits. Offered in afternoons only.

  • From Slavery to Freedom Tour

    Monticello
    10:35 a.m. to 12:40 a.m.
    Tour

    This 2.5 hour, guided, small-group, interactive tour explores Monticello through the perspectives of enslaved people who labored on the plantation. Similar tour previously titled the "Hemings Family Tour."