From clocks that go into the floor to 11,000-year-old mastodon bones. Our tours and hands-on activities offer experiences  we’re certain our youngest guests will find to be a blast. And who knows, maybe their favorite grown-ups might have some fun too.

Griffin Discovery Room

A hands-on space located on the lower level of the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center that offers a variety of ways for young people to connect with Thomas Jefferson and the members of the larger Monticello community. Open year-round. FREE with admission.

The Shops at Monticello

Two Shops offers a wide selection of books, clothing, games, toys, and souvenirs that make a lasting impression of any visit.

While visiting the house and grounds:

  • Encourage your child to ask questions when prompted by your guide.
  • Look for themes in the house, such as "gadgets," clocks, or portraits (notice the different types of portraits). Look for the natural history specimens, the Native American artifacts, the art, or other objects.
  • See if you can find the portraits, paintings, views of the house that appear on the U.S. Nickel and the $2 bill.
  • In the gardens look for plants with unusual shapes, lovely scents, and even surprising behavior (hint)

Before your visit:

  • Tour before you visit using the Monticello Explorer, where you can 'walk through' 3-D models of Monticello's interior, read about the house's furnishings, view special animated features, see an interactive map of the plantation, and much more. 
  • Check out the Monticello Classroom, which has lots of information for kids ages 8-14.
  • Help Thomas Jefferson see the modern world! Print, color, and photograph Travelin' TJ at a location near you. You can e-mail us the image for our Flickr group. Or bring Travelin' TJ with you on your visit where you can hang him on our Travelin' TJ Wall in our Smith Education Center.