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Guidelines for House Tours

Please arrive at Monticello at least 30 minutes before your Tour so you have time to park, pick up your ticket(s), and ride the shuttle bus to the mountaintop.

The time of your reservation is when you should be at the East Walk, the area directly in front of Monticello, where House Tour groups form. You will be admitted to the house according to the time printed on your ticket.  With rare exceptions, you can expect your Tour to begin within 10 minutes.

Please note that if you are late for your reserved timeslot, you will be assigned to the next available Tour, as space allows; some days this could mean a significant wait, or if all timeslots are filled, the issuance of a Grounds ticket only (no House Tour). Reservations and tickets are valid only on the date specified. 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. Operating Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones) on Foundation property is strictly prohibited.
  • 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.
  • If you are considering a musical performance at Monticello, please check out our Musical Performance Policy.


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