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Things To Do at Monticello

Guided Tours
Experience the inside of Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's architectural masterpiece. Over 90 percent of the house is original construction. Choose from a Monticello Day Pass (which includes a tour of Monticello's first floor), Behind-the-Scenes Tours featuring the upper floors; or an in-depth Sunset Pass on selected evenings.

Explore the Grounds and Gardens
Take some time to enjoy the authentic ornamental landscaping, beautiful vistas, and Jefferson's revolutionary vegetable garden. Or take one of our seasonal guided tours of the gardens and grounds.

Slavery at Monticello Tours
Discover Monticello as a working plantation—home to the Jefferson family and a large community of workers, black and white, enslaved and free. Explore on your own or take one of our seasonal guided tours.

Museum Shop
Browse our extraordinary collection of Jefferson-related books, exclusive reproductions, Monticello-inspired home décor, Virginia wines, historic seeds and plants, and many more quality retail items in the spacious store.

Café at Monticello
Enjoy a beverage, snack or lunch in the comfortable, convenient Café, located in the Visitor Center, courtyard level. The menu includes sandwiches, salads, pastries, kid-friendly options, and hot and cold drinks. Groups can order box lunches in advance.

Visitor Center
Learn more about Jefferson through Monticello's 21st-century gateway—the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center and Smith Education Center—with opportunities for all ages.

Visiting with Kids
Check out the array of family-friendly experiences at Monticello.

Saunders-Monticello Trail
Wander more than two miles of hiking and biking trails, featuring an arboretum of native trees and shrubs, and a two-acre pond. This scenic recreational and educational park is maintained by Monticello for visitors and area residents.

The Charlottesville Area
Whether it's history, food, the arts and/or the great outdoors, Charlottesville has it all. Often cited as one of the best places in the country to live, it's also an unforgettable place to visit.

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