Monticello is at 931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy. One of the best documented, best preserved and best studied plantations in North America, Monticello was Thomas Jefferson’s home—when he was not serving in public affairs—from 1770 until his death in 1826. Monticello is truly a reflection of Jefferson’s innovations and diversity; the domed house contains maps, books, scientific instruments, time-saving inventions and items from Lewis and Clark’s journey westward. The Monticello Day Pass includes a guided tour of the first floor, as well as two outdoor tours: a guided Slavery at Monticello tour and a guided Gardens and Grounds tour. Behind-the-Scenes tours take you to the upstairs rooms, including the Dome Room. Other specialized tours are available, including the Hemings Family Tour, Garden Tasting Tour and the evening Sunset Pass.
Jefferson died at Monticello July 4, 1826, exactly 50 years after the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. The plantation was sold at auction to pay his debts. His grave is in the family cemetery on the grounds, which also include dependencies, slave quarters, a garden terrace, an 8-acre fruit orchard and two vineyards.
Note: Bags larger than 11"x15"x6" and photography are not permitted inside the house. Backpacks and large bags must be worn in front or carried by hand while inside the house.
Guided tours are available. Time: Allow 3 hours minimum.
Monticello Day Pass Mar.-Oct. $28; $9 (ages 5-11). Monticello Day Pass rest of year $20; $9 (ages 5-11). Other tour tickets are available. A combination ticket (Monticello Neighborhood Pass) with James Monroe's Highland and Michie Tavern ca. 1784 is available.
Hours: Open daily 8:30-6, Mar. 1 to mid-Nov.; 10-5, rest of year with extended hours on weekends and holidays. Guided 35-minute tours of the house depart throughout the day. Last tour begins 50 minutes before closing. Gardens and Grounds tours are given daily every hour 10-5, Mar.-Oct. Slavery at Monticello Tour departs daily on the hour 11-4, Apr.-Oct.; at noon and 2, rest of year. Family Friendly Tours are offered several times throughout the day, late Mar.-early Apr. and early June-early Sept. (except July 4); Sat.-Sun. 10-3, in Oct. Holiday hours vary. Closed Christmas. Phone ahead to confirm schedule.