Historic Site, History Museum, and Museum
931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902, United States
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    • 8:30 AM–6:00 PM
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    Monticello was founded in 1923 by the Jefferson Foundation. It has over 2,500 acres of Jefferson’s original land which includes many historical plant varieties that Jefferson himself had collected as

    HISTORY · August 9, 2010
  • Leslie D.

    Definitely check out the garden in April. The flowers are beautiful during the spring. Read more

    Leslie Davidson · March 2, 2010
  • Virginia Tourism

    Monticello is the only historic house in the U.S. on the United Nations' World Heritage List!

    Virginia Tourism · August 8, 2011
  • Joe S.

    One of the few places in the world I've been that exceeds any possible expectations. Read more

    Joe Stirt · January 13, 2010
  • US National Archives

    President Franklin Roosevelt described Thomas Jefferson as "a great gentleman" in a speech at the Monticello on the 4th of July. Read the entire address paying homage to Jefferson's greatness here! Read more

    US National Archives · July 3, 2013
  • Rachel M.

    Be sure to check out the Gallery before you go up to the house, it gives you a greater appreciation of the architecture. They also leave a lot of these comments out in the tour.

    Rachel Mercer · December 22, 2010
  • WorldStrides

    Explore Jefferson’s home and grounds of Monticello to see the only house in America listed on the United Nations’ prestigious World Heritage list.

    WorldStrides · April 5, 2011
  • K12 Inc

    Did you know? In addition to Monticello, Thomas Jefferson designed the University of Virginia, the Virginia State Capitol, and over a dozen homes; despite having no formal training as an architect. Read more

    K12 Inc · August 10, 2011
  • Smithsonian Channel

    Construction on Thomas Jefferson’s 43-room mansion began in 1770, shortly after he was first elected to public office. It did not end until 1809, the last year of his presidency. (From Aerial America) Read more

    Smithsonian Channel · June 23, 2011
  • Jim R.

    Take the shuttle up before your appointed time to take some photos.

    Jim Remington · July 24, 2011
  • Laura J.

    IncredIbly expensive.

    Laura Jones · August 17, 2013
  • US National Archives

    Why not celebrate July 4th right at one of the founding fathers' homes -- Jefferson's Monticello? While here, check out this diary entry from President Truman telling about his visit here in 1974! Read more

    US National Archives · June 24, 2013
  • Shawn👑 P.

    Pick up some freedom in the gift shop.

    Shawn👑 Pelsinger · May 26, 2013
  • Lynn S.

    Don't miss the two outdoor tours: the slavery tour of Mullberry row and the garden tour!

    Lynn S · May 2, 2013
  • Andy K.

    Pretty disappointing that visitors can't even see the grounds without a $24 ticket.

    Andy Koenig · August 12, 2012
  • Mark S.

    Starts every hour on the hour.

    Mark Stevens · October 25, 2011
  • Lane

    Ask the manager to tell you about the ghosts!

    Lane · May 23, 2011
  • Peckerle

    One of the few places where people of any race or social class can meet and make something beautiful. Truly a relic of a great age.

    Peckerle · May 22, 2010
  • Eric H.

    He had at least 17 "mixed" children. He was quite a (founding) father

    Eric Himelman · May 22, 2010
  • Jennifer M.

    Try the smoked salmon eggs Benedict. You get the best of both worlds!

    Jennifer Medeiros · September 13, 2014
  • Bret C.

    When you start your house tour at the front steps and your guide is a dud, hang back and fall in with the next guide before entering the house. Worked great for us!

    Bret Carr · June 13, 2010
  • Clyde R.

    I questioned weather the price for the behind the scenes would be worth it........IT Was!!! I'm so glad we did it. Small group tours that all through the house. Don't hesitate, book it!

    Clyde Ray · 2 days ago
  • Greg G.

    Go during the different seasons. It's worth the trip

    Greg Gordon · January 13
  • Kelsey G.

    Discount: locals get in free with a paying adult guest!

    Kelsey G · January 5
  • Ryan

    TJ's casa, pretty neat

    Ryan · September 12, 2014
  • Robert P.

    If you grew up here, you've been here a million times on school trips. Somehow, though, you'll always learn something new.

    Robert Packard · August 14, 2014
  • Andrew R.

    The slavery and grounds and gardens tours are worth taking if you've got the time. A great way to learn about more than the house.

    Andrew Raker · August 13, 2014
  • Michael C.

    Tom's home and grounds.

    Michael Curran · August 7, 2014
  • BuffaloJason

    A place every American should visit once to understand the full story of the genesis of our country, good and bad.

    BuffaloJason · April 13, 2014
  • Matt

    Spend the entire day there to get your money's worth, if you just go on the house tour it is bit expensive.

    Matt · April 12, 2014
  • Melissa S.

    $25 per adult, just to get on the grounds. House tours require a timed ticket.

    Melissa Savoy · April 5, 2014
  • Elaine H.

    Great tour guides! So knowledgable and interactive when with the kids! Liesle was a great tour guide😃

    Elaine Hyres · February 15, 2014
  • Paola G.

    Favorite president - hands down!!! Check out the painting of Salomé in the parlor and the impressive library. Rebecca is a sensational tour guide!!

    Paola Guerrero · January 5, 2014
  • Harlan M.

    Worth the price

    Harlan McCormack · September 25, 2013
  • Shawn M.

    Be ready to pay $24 for each adult. We were not.

    Shawn McPike · September 14, 2013
  • Waldo J.

    Locals are half-price when bringing out-of-towners.

    Waldo Jaquith · September 3, 2013
  • Amee H.

    Very popular place! Plan your day and get there early or you may wait hours to get a tour of Thomas Jefferson's house.

    Amee Haas · September 1, 2013
  • Patricia L.

    Just beautiful. My husband to the slavery tour and really enjoyed. Will go back again.

    Patricia Lane · August 14, 2013
  • Brandon H.

    One of my favorites places! Go on a tour, see the gardens, take a good look at the magnificent views, go visit the cemetery. Do whatever! There is a lot to see and do here! :)

    Brandon Harris · July 18, 2013
  • Garden Club of Virginia

    Gardens restored to Jefferson's own 1807 plan was by the Garden Club of Virginia Read more

    Garden Club of Virginia · July 16, 2013
  • Chad H.

    Thomas Jefferson was a genius and a great American. He funded his own Presidential staff and purchased his own furniture. This non-profit organization receives no government funding for preservation.

    Chad Hembree · July 10, 2013
  • Tingting Y.

    Behind the scene tour worth every penny.

    Tingting Y. · May 29, 2013
  • Judi D.

    Make sure you have some good walking shoes !! Fantastic place.......what a brillant man Thomas Jefferson was.

    Judi Drake · April 1, 2013
  • Ilona R.

    Beautiful! Slavery tour is super long though…

    Ilona Reichenbach · March 22, 2013
  • Jon H.

    It's expensive, but pay the extra money for the new "secret tour." You get to see the 2nd and 3rd floors and the incredible dome room.

    Jon Hussey · February 17, 2013
  • Bill D.

    Definitely walk the grounds and check out the lower level.

    Bill Daves · February 4, 2013
  • Geoff P.

    Shirley Freeman is a wealth of knowledge.

    Geoff Porter · January 31, 2013
  • Tyler C.

    Let T.J. hook you up with one of his "ladies," and a big roll of hemp. That dude knows how to party, since he smokes about four feet of rope a day.

    Tyler Cary · November 23, 2012
  • Karen H.

    Take both the house tour and the behind-the-scenes tour! I took this in the 3rd Floor dome room!

    Karen Helgesen Gurnavage · August 24, 2012
  • Jorge G.

    Great tour. Military go in free until labor day

    Jorge G · July 21, 2012

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