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David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center and Smith Education Center

The David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center at MonticelloThe 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.

Three Innovative Exhibitions

Powerful Introductory Film

Thomas Jefferson's World, Monticello's visually rich introductory film, orients all visitors to key notions regarding Jefferson's ideas and accomplishments, especially his core concepts about liberty that have reached far beyond his place and time in history to the present day while illustrating Monticello's central importance to his life and work.

Resources for Young People

  • The Griffin Discovery Room gives Monticello visitors – especially those ages 6 to 11 – the chance to literally get in touch with Jefferson's life and times through hands-on elements and activities, including reproductions from the Monticello house and plantation.
  • The fully-equipped classrooms in the Carl and Hunter Smith Education Center accommodate an expanded number of student groups and also serve as a venue for workshops and other programs.


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