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.

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.