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Customs & Courtesies

Monticello welcomes nearly half a million visitors each year. To ensure the best experience for every guest, we ask that you observe the following:

  • Still photography, filming and video recording for personal use are permitted on the grounds of Monticello. No photography of any kind is allowed inside the house.  

    Requests to film, videotape or photograph at Monticello for commercial and professional purposes require advance approval. Please see our Guidelines for On-Site Filming, Taping, and Photography for more information.
  • Bags smaller than 11" by 15" by 6" may be carried past the parking area. Visitors are asked to hand-carry their bags while in the house. 
  • Some wheelchairs may be too large for use in the house. Approved-size wheelchairs may be used in and borrowed from the house.
  • Eating, drinking and chewing gum are prohibited in the house.
  • Eating, drinking and flash photography are prohibited the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Gallery exhibitions.
  • Electronic devices must be turned off inside the house.
  • Small strollers are allowed in and may be borrowed from the house.
  • As a courtesy, visitors with active or restless young children are asked to take turns touring the house.
  • Pets are allowed on the grounds of Monticello if leashed.  With the exception of certified service dogs, pets are not allowed in any buildings or on the shuttle buses.  
  • Monticello is a smoke-free site; smoking is prohibited.
  • If you are considering a musical performance at Monticello, please check out our Musical Performance Policy.
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