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Submit a program request online or contact a group reservation specialist at:
Phone: (434) 984-9879

Click here for Monticello's Online Fieldtrip Request Form

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. At least two teachers or official school representatives must accompany each group of minors; 1 teacher ticket is complimentary with every 23 student tickets. Groups of students in mixed grades must be within three years of one another’s learning levels (example: 3rd-5th grade).

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: $10
One teacher ticket is complimentary with every 23 student tickets.  All other adults, including additional teachers, will be admitted at the reduced rate of $22 and must be included in the reservation.

Download a suggested self-guided itinerary sheet to help plan your class visit here.


Guided Fieldtrips

Students, $12; 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 $22 and must be included in the reservation.

2017-18 Monticello School Programs brochure; click to download

Download 2017-18 Monticello Poster and School Program Brochure

2 ½ -hour guided programs

2 ½-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 program

4-hour guided programs are designed for students in grades 3-6. They include a 45-minute lunch break in addition to classroom activities and a tour of the house and grounds.

Thomas Jefferson’s World 
(150/6 groups max)
Thomas Jefferson’s World is a 4-hour guided program with seasonally-changing themes that share Monticello’s newest research and discoveries with your students. In addition to a guided house tour, interpretative stops around Monticello’s grounds, a visit to our museum galleries and a break for lunch, each Thomas Jefferson’s World program will include cross-curricular, activity stations designed to engage students in hands-on learning.  
  • September – November:  Learn about Thomas Jefferson’s abiding interest in science, gardening, and record-keeping. Discover how free and enslaved people worked the land and how the gardens served as an “edible laboratory” for one of America’s first foodies. 
  • December – March: Explore the ways in which Thomas Jefferson, a self-taught architect, applied classical Greek and Roman building styles in new ways. Learn about the tools and techniques used by the free and enslaved workers who built this iconic “essay in architecture.”    
  • April – June: Examine objects and artifacts to learn about daily life at Monticello for the many people, both free and enslaved, who lived on this working plantation over 200 years ago.


Home Educators:
Monticello hosts special events and family programs throughout the year.  Check the online calendar of events for updates and mark your calendars for:

Questions? Contact Monticello’s Education and Visitor Programs Department at


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