What You Can Do at Monticello

Private Behind-the-Scenes Tour

Have you always wanted to go upstairs at Monticello? This exclusive pass takes you behind the scenes: through the first floor of Monticello and up the narrow staircase to explore the private quarters on the second and third floors, including the iconic Dome Room.

The Saunders-Monticello Trail

With native hardwood forest, deep ravines and spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Trail offers a unique, accessible, and free park experience in Central Virginia.

Online Offerings

Weekly Livestreams

Join us for our weekly livestreams, which typically include one featuring Thomas Jefferson.

Live Virtual Tours

Unable to get here in person? Now you can tour Monticello from wherever you are with our new guided virtual tours!

Updates from around Monticello

Restoration

The Restoration Department is painting the Parlor, adding lighting to the Tea Porch, and has sent the Great Clock out for conservation.

Gardens and Grounds

The Gardens and Grounds Department is responsible for the care and cultivation of Fruit, Flower, and Vegetable Gardens on the Monticello mountaintop.

Collections

During the shutdown, the Collections Department has conducted a full inventory of artifacts in the house. Click the link to see a sneak preview video about Jefferson's (Lost) Chainmail Shirt.

Archaeology

Monticello's archaeologists are busy working from home, entering data from two recent excavations projects and the ongoing DAACS consortium.

Cross-departmental Efforts

Cross-departmentally, we are working to create digital content with the amazing stories and wonderful personalities that abound here. See our latest videos!

Research and Scholarly Projects

Our scholars, researchers, and librarians are hard at work supporting Monticello's vision of bringing history forward into national and global dialogues.

Other Updates

The Facilities Department is addressing public facing repairs on our buildings, and conducting “deep-cleans.”

Stay tuned for more updates in the coming days!