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Guidelines for Hemings Family Tours

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Please arrive at Monticello at least 30 minutes before your Tour, pick up your tickets at will call at the Dominion Welcome Pavilion, and take a shuttle to the mountaintop. The guide will greet participants on the East Walk on the mountaintop at 1:45 p.m. Staff will be able to direct you to the start location.

There are 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.
  • Accessibility and Children: Because of the uneven terrain, steep inclines, gravel paths, and stairs, this tour is not handicapped-accessible and is not recommended for individuals who may have difficulty climbing or descending as many as 30 stairs unassisted. These tours are recommended for adults and children 7 and older.
  • 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.


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