"in architecture, painting, sculpture, I found much amusement."

Thomas Jefferson, 1787

Monticello is proud to partner with the Charlottesville Art Excursion to offer new online and onsite opportunities to experience the arts at Monticello this fall.

Experience the Arts at Monticello

Lights, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

Experience Monticello illuminated at sunset on Saturdays in October. Explore the mountaintop through dynamic color, light, and sound. Enjoy lights, live music, and family-friendly activities. Food as well as beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.

Art Scavenger Hunt

Explore the different mediums of art at Monticello when you visit this fall. Get ready to hunt for items, test your knowledge, snap photos, and share with us your artistic expressions!

Podcasts: Art, Artists, and Architecture

Freedom, 8 Cents at a Time – the Story of Moses Williams

Renowned portrait painter Charles Willson Peale purchased a device to simplify silhouette production. Yet it was perhaps his young enslaved servant Moses Williams who learned to operate this new device that profited the most. Learn about Moses Williams and silhouettes in this latest episode of Monticello’s podcast series, “In the Course of Human Events.” 

My Essay in Architecture

Thomas Jefferson’s designs for Monticello and other structures have had a lasting impact on American architecture. In this episode, Monticello guide Don McCracken shares the story of how Monticello came to be, both as an idea and as a physical building, and how it serves as an example of what scholars call “Jeffersonian Architecture.”


Monticello is proud to be part of the Charlottesville Arts Excursion.