Group policies: 25 individuals max/10 students minimum per group. Adults not included in the initial reservation request may be put on a public house tour, separate from the student program. A teacher or official school representative must accompany each group of minors; 1 teacher ticket is complimentary with every 23 student tickets.
Please note: Reservations are required for all school group visits and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. A deposit is required to finalize confirmation. 2 ½ and 4-hour guided school programs offered September – June. Please check with us for current pricing and availability.
Monticello: The House Tour All grades Tour: 35 to 40 minutes (Allow 2 hours)
Enjoy a scheduled guided house tour and self-guided access to Jefferson’s gardens, the workrooms and storage areas, Mulberry Row—the center of plantation activity in Jefferson’s time—and the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center’s theater and museum galleries.
Regular House Tour Rates Student/youth-organization groups (K-12) of any size: $8 One teacher ticket is complimentary with every 23 student tickets. All other adults, including additional teachers, will be admitted at the reduced rate of $20 and must be included in the reservation.
Download a suggested self-guided itinerary sheet to help plan your class visit here.
Students, $10; One teacher or chaperone per 23 students is admitted free of charge. All other adults, including additional teachers, will be admitted at the reduced rate of $20 and must be included in the reservation.
2-hour guided programs include a tour of the house and grounds
Roundabout Monticello Grades 3-12 (200 people/8 groups max) Explore public and private spaces on Jefferson’s “little mountain” as you learn about the people who lived and worked here over 200 years ago. This program provides an introduction to Monticello as a working plantation and architectural icon and to Jefferson as a Founding Father and man of the Enlightenment.
Childhood at Monticello Grades K-3 (100 people/4 groups max) See Monticello through the eyes of its youngest residents. Students will roll hoops and sing songs on the West Lawn, just as Jefferson’s grandchildren did. Indoor activities will be substituted in the case of inclement weather. Note: Offered April – October
4-hour guided programs
4-hour guided programs are designed for students in grades 3-6 (basic) and 7-12 (advanced). They include a 45-minute lunch break in addition to a tour of the house and grounds.
Daily Life at Monticello (150 people/6 groups max) Explore the lives and experiences of Thomas Jefferson, his family, and Monticello’s enslaved plantation community through the objects that illustrate their stories. Students will examine documents, identify artifacts, and apply their onsite experiences to uncover evidence and gain perspective on daily life and work at Monticello.
Jefferson’s Contributions (150 people/6 groups max) Thomas Jefferson wanted to be remembered for just three main contributions to society; authoring the Declaration of American Independence and the Virginia Statue for Religious Freedom, and fathering the University of Virginia. Explore how Jefferson influenced the evolution of this new nation as you place his contributions within the context of Enlightenment thinking and America’s ongoing experiment in democracy.
Jefferson & Architecture (100 people/6 groups max) Jefferson delighted in what he called “putting up and pulling down.” In this hands-on workshop, students become architects-in-training as they explore ways in which Jefferson applied classical Greek and Roman building styles in new ways through his iconic “essay in architecture,” Monticello.