The David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center and Smith Education Center serves as the 21st-century gateway to Jefferson's timeless Monticello, with multiple components that transform the visitor experience by preparing guests for their trips to the historic mountaintop through dynamic content presenting fresh perspectives on Monticello and the enduring significance of Jefferson's life and ideas.

Thomas Jefferson's World Film

This 15-minute visually rich introductory film explores Jefferson's ideas and accomplishments, especially his core concepts about liberty, and highlights Monticello's central importance to his life and work.

Thomas Jefferson and 'the Boisterous Sea of Liberty'

This highly interactive exhibition traces the development and ongoing influence of Jefferson's transformational ideas about liberty—particularly those expressed in the Declaration of Independence—on a wall of 21 flat-panel LCD screens, including seven interactive touch screens.

Monticello as Experiment: 'To Try All Things'

Explore Jefferson's ideas on improving various aspects of life at the Monticello house and plantation through the application of social, intellectual, economic, and technological advances.through the application of social, intellectual, economic, and technological advances.

Griffin Discovery Room

Get in touch with Jefferson's life and times through hands-on elements and activities, including reproductions from the Monticello house and plantation.