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Guidelines for the Evening Behind the Scenes Tour

To take best advantage of the pass, we recommend arriving between 1 and 3 p.m. to enjoy outdoor tours that are included in admission as well as a visit to the museum shop. 

Our Slavery at Monticello and Gardens and Grounds tours will run at 1, 2, 3, and 4 p.m., and the museum shop will close at 6 p.m. If you are interested in shopping we suggest visiting the museum shop before 5 p.m. to allow you time to store your bags in your vehicle prior to enjoying the evening on the mountaintop. There is no bag check once you are on the mountaintop.

For your convenience, we recommend leaving blankets and lawn chairs at home. You are welcome to use the many benches that we have placed around the gardens and grounds to enjoy the evening.

Please remember that because Tours with the Evening Behind the Scenes Tour includes the third floor of Monticello, they are not handicapped-accessible and are not recommended for children under 5 or individuals who may have difficulty climbing flights of stairs.

Also, for safety reasons, women should not wear high heels. Please come prepared for inclement weather. While most of the tour is indoors, there is an outdoor component and there are no rain dates for the Evening Behind the Scenes Tour.

Reservations and tickets are valid only on the date specified. There will be no refunds unless the tour is canceled by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation.

Please see our Do's and Don'ts page for a complete list of guidelines for visiting Monticello.

Other Guidelines

  • Bags and Backpacks. None exceeding 11 x 15 x 6 inches are allowed beyond the Shuttle Station.
  • In the House. Eating, drinking, chewing gum and using tobacco products are prohibited. Cell phones and other electronic devices must be turned off. Still photography, filming, and video recording are prohibited. Visitors are urged not to touch or lean on walls or furnishings.
  • On the Grounds. The West Lawn is open to visitors; otherwise visitors are asked to remain on designated paths and trails. Smoking is not permitted near the house or its dependencies and terraces.
  • Photography: 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.
  • Pets. Pets are allowed on the grounds if leashed. With the exception of certified service dogs, pets are not allowed in any buildings or on the shuttle buses. Visitors who bring pets are required to clean up after them. 
  • Smoking. Monticello is a smoke-free site.
  • Visiting with Kids. Families with toddlers are encouraged to use small strollers when touring the house. Families with active or restless young children may be asked to take turns touring the house, as a courtesy to other visitors.


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