Our exhibit at Monticello explores how the Declaration of Independence went from the tip of Thomas Jefferson's quill to become an icon of democracy throughout the world.

Visit in person at our David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center to see a rare engraving of the Declaration of Independence, participate in a digital scavenger hunt, and learn more about the impact of the Declaration around the world.

Explore the Declaration

Reading the Declaration

Get to know the Declaration of Independence a little better through this short interactive.

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Online Scavenger Hunt Look through the exhibit and see if you can spot these items along the way.
Audio and Video Gallery Hear the Declaration read out loud or watch a video about the Declaration's signing.

The Declaration of Independence is America's "mission statement."

How the Declaration Came About

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An Enduring Legacy

Shop Next Door

Find copies of the Declaration of Independence, keepsakes, quill pens, and more at Monticello's Museum Shop. Not on site? Check out our online store.


The original Stone engraving of the Declaration of Independence on display in this exhibit is generously loaned by David M. Rubenstein.