Monticello guests are welcome—and encouraged!—to take personal-use photos and video to remember and share their visit. For the safety of the historic mountaintop, staff, and guests, the following guidelines must be observed. (Please see our Filming and Photography Guidelines for press or media requests, and our Digital Image Requests and Policies for image requests.)

Visitors may:

  • Take photos and video for private, noncommercial use.
  • Use handheld cameras, smartphones, and tablets with the flash turned off.
  • Use stabilization devices (tripods, monopods) or selfie sticks when outside.
  • Post images and video from their visit on personal social media sites. (Tag @TJMonticello for a chance to be featured on Monticello’s social media channels!)

Visitors may NOT:

  • Use flash inside the house or exhibition spaces.
  • Bring bulky camera bags or equipment. All photography equipment must adhere to Monticello’s bag (not exceeding 12” x 6” x 12”) policy, and all bags will be inspected.
  • Use stabilization devices (tripods, monopods) or selfie sticks inside the house or indoor exhibits.
  • Sell or publish the images.
  • Use images of Monticello to promote any product or service.
  • Enter restricted areas cordoned off with stanchions or reader rails.
  • Disrupt other guests or block doorways or walkways when taking photographs.
  • Use Monticello as a setting or backdrop for formal photography sessions, including but not limited to engagement and graduation photos. Commercial photographers may not photograph clients at Monticello.

Monticello reserves the right to restrict photography at any time in any location. Monticello staff have the authority to approach and verify the intent of photography to ensure compliance with the photography policy. Failure to adhere to these guidelines or staff direction may result in being asked to cease all photography or leave the premises.

Unsure if photography is permitted? Please ask a Monticello Guest Services associate before taking any photos.