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Mornings/Early Afternoons, Year-round
Mornings/Early Afternoons, Year-round
Children 12 - 18
Mornings/Early Afternoons, Year-round
Mornings/Early Afternoons, Year-round
Under 12
Free (ticket required)
Mornings/Early Afternoons, Year-round
Mornings/Early Afternoons, Year-round
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This 45-minute guided experience includes first floor spaces in Thomas Jefferson’s home, the West Lawn, and the South Wing. You’ll learn about Jefferson and his vision for America, the realities of slavery on the Monticello plantation, and the mountaintop’s iconic architecture. This popular pass includes access to our gardens, grounds, walking tours, family-friendly activities, and exhibits.

The Highlights Tour can sell out quickly - booking your tickets in advance online is recommended. 

Guests should plan to arrive at the visitor center 30 minutes prior to their tour start time to allow time to pass through a security screening and travel from the visitor center to the mountaintop.

Guests are strongly encouraged but no longer required to wear facial coverings at Monticello.

What's included in the Highlights Tour:

Programs and Exhibitions

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Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Visit

  • Bring a well-charged smart phone with QR Code Reader to access additional content and activities as you explore the house and grounds.
  • Check out our Visiting FAQs to learn more about efforts to make your visit safe and enjoyable.


Thomas Jefferson

Life, Liberty, and The Pursuit of Happiness

Get to know Thomas Jefferson—author of the Declaration of Independence and the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, third president of the United States, and founder of the University of Virginia.