Historic Site, History Museum, and Museum
931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Open until 6:00pm (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 8:30 AM–6:00 PM
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  • "When you start your house tour at the front steps and your guide is a dud,..." (4 tips)
  • "... and the incredible dome room." (2 tips)
  • "... on the United Nations' World Heritage List!" (2 tips)

    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 D. · 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 S. · 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 M. · 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 R. · July 24, 2011
  • Laura J.

    IncredIbly expensive.

    Laura J. · 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👑 P. · May 26, 2013
  • Andy K.

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

    Andy K. · August 12, 2012
  • 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 H. · May 22, 2010
  • Lynn S.

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

    Lynn S. · May 2, 2013
  • Mark S.

    Starts every hour on the hour.

    Mark S. · October 25, 2011
  • 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 C. · June 13, 2010
  • BuffaloJason

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

    BuffaloJason · 1 week ago
  • 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 · 1 week ago
  • Melissa S.

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

    Melissa S. · 2 weeks ago
  • Elaine H.

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

    Elaine H. · February 15
  • 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 G. · January 5
  • Harlan M.

    Worth the price

    Harlan M. · September 25, 2013
  • Shawn M.

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

    Shawn M. · September 14, 2013
  • Waldo J.

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

    Waldo J. · 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 H. · September 1, 2013
  • Patricia L.

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

    Patricia L. · 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 H. · 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 H. · 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 D. · April 1, 2013
  • Jerry K.

    Behind the scenes tour is great, especially if you get Aurelia as a guide. She was fantastic! Bravo to the Foundation for doing a fine job of preserving Jefferson's home and the surrounding land.

    Jerry K. · March 26, 2013
  • Ilona R.

    Beautiful! Slavery tour is super long though…

    Ilona R. · 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 H. · February 17, 2013
  • Bill D.

    Definitely walk the grounds and check out the lower level.

    Bill D. · February 4, 2013
  • Geoff P.

    Shirley Freeman is a wealth of knowledge.

    Geoff P. · 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 C. · 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 H. · August 24, 2012
  • Jorge G.

    Great tour. Military go in free until labor day

    Jorge G. · July 21, 2012

    Visiting Monticello with kids? Be sure to take one of their "children's tours" designed just for kids! Read more · October 31, 2011
  • Mike G.

    Here on an 88 degree day in early April...

    Mike G. · April 11, 2011

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