Open Today – 8:30am - 5:30pm

Afternoon Only
Family Friendly
Indoor & Outdoor
For Pricing When
Afternoons, Year-round
Afternoons, Year-round
Children 12 - 18
Afternoons, Year-round
Afternoons, Year-round
Under 12
Free (ticket required)
Afternoons, Year-round
Afternoons, Year-round

Learn about Thomas Jefferson’s life and contributions, the ideas of freedom, and the realities of slavery that made the United States. This popular pass allows you to explore the first floor of the house at your own pace and provides a timed entry, access to our gardens, walking tours, exhibits, and more.

Information on the Local Discount »

Tours often sell out. Purchase your tickets in advance online for entry at desired time. A Gardens and Grounds Pass is also available on busier days.

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 Monticello Self-Guided Pass:

Programs and Exhibitions

Access To

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.
  • Consider purchasing Monticello’s Official Guidebook online or at the shop to serve as your companion during your visit.
  • 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.