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Tours of the House

The American Declaration of Independence was principally crafted by one of the most celebrated and complicated people in history. Learn about Thomas Jefferson’s pursuit of happiness through architecture, botany, philosophy, and family.  Hear the stories of the free and enslaved people who lived at Monticello in a tour of the main house. 

Your Day Pass lets you discover more of Monticello as you learn about one of the most studied and documented slave plantations in the world.  Visit the grounds, gardens, recreated and original dwellings and slave quarters, and experience the stories of those whose labor created this profound place.

House Tours are only available in timed and guided format. Regular house tours explore the ground floor of the Monticello main house and last 40 minutes. Upstairs tours are available in Behind the Scenes and Sunset Pass options. Basement levels are self-guided and untimed. Day Pass provides access to Garden Tours, Slavery at Monticello Tours, the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center, Museum Galleries, and theater where the film Thomas Jefferson’s World is offered all day and runs continually year-round. Kids of all ages will enjoy the hands-on Griffin Discovery Room.  Children and families can enjoy the Mountaintop Hands-on Activity Center with family-oriented activities set up outside next to the house during warmer months. 

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