Open Today – 9:30am to 5:30pm

Family Friendly
Indoor & Outdoor
Handicap Accessible

Learn about Thomas Jefferson, the ideas of freedom, and the realities of slavery that made the United States. This popular pass includes a self-guided House tour and access to our gardens, grounds, outdoor stations, and exhibits. Due to capacity limitations, this tour is frequently selling out. A Gardens and Grounds Pass is available on busier days.

For Pricing When
Children 12 - 18
Under 12
Free (ticket required)

Guide to Your Visit

To ensure the safety of our staff and guests, we have made significant alterations to our operations in keeping with Phase 2 of the Forward Virginia Plan, including smaller numbers of guests on site and in the main house, enhanced prevention measures, and expanded outdoor activities to provide a safe experience for guests.

Read our Reopening FAQs for more information »

Guests touring the house will be greeted outside by a guide who will introduce them to Monticello. They will then proceed inside for a self-guided tour of the house using a guidebook (available for purchase at The Shop at Monticello) or smartphone. Upon exiting the house, a guide will be available for further questions.

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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 Reopening FAQs to learn more about efforts to make your visit safe and enjoyable.
  • Only clear, plastic bags (12”x6”x12”) are allowed for carrying personal items.


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.