Monticello

Historic Site
Charlottesville
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  • Chad H.
    "Thomas Jefferson was a genius and a great American."(6 Tips)
    Karen H.
    "Take both the house tour and the behind-the-scenes tour!"(7 Tips)
    Patricia L.
    "My husband to the slavery tour and really enjoyed."(3 Tips)
    Lynn S.
    "slavery tour of Mullberry row and the garden tour!"(3 Tips)
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  • Paige H.
    do the underground tunnels and the house tour for sure!! Learned much about one of the Founding Fathers!
  • John L.
    Monticello makes us think about the contradiction of a slave holder proclaiming that "all *men* are created equal." It provokes thought about social, political, & architectural ideas, & times gone by.
  • Calla S.
    Sign up online for a private tour a couple of weeks before your trip, it will be worth it. The group tours are kind of short and hard to hear. This is great for someone who loves the outdoors.:
  • Brian L.
    Albermarle County residents get in free (basic tour) when they bring a guest!
  • Dave M.
    Superb! Allow at lest a half day
  • Barbie S.
    Barbie SellmeyerNovember 26, 2016
    Great to start on the Saunders Monticello trail and end at Jeffersons Monticello. Then head to winery :)
  • John B.
    John BakerNovember 15, 2016
    A must if your in Charlottesville
  • Connie L.
    Connie LandroOctober 28, 2016
    A fantastic historic tour
  • Guido G.
    Guido GybelsSeptember 2, 2016
    Genuinely historic site, of a great thinker's very personal home. They have special tours that include the upper floor, but you have to book those well in advance. Guides are great.
  • Rogier R.
    Rogier RogierAugust 12, 2016
    Very nice and knowledgeable staff
  • Kevin W.
    Kevin WhiteAugust 5, 2016
    Great garden, great tour nice walking area.
  • Joseph P.
    Joseph PomoneJuly 22, 2016
    Berry nice, and lora was an awesome guide.
  • Edward B.
    Edward BryantJune 24, 2016
    The house tour and the Slave Quartets tour are a just.
  • Alex G.
    Alex GonzalezJune 10, 2016
    Get there early to avoid the crowds and enjoy the peacefulness of this incredible place.
  • Lindsey
    LindseyMarch 29, 2016
    Tours were very organized and engaging. Make sure to take the garden tour.
  • Maggie M.
    Maggie MacGDecember 28, 2015
    Gorgeous home, great historic information provided on 40 minute tour.
  • Pas Q.
    Pas QuallieSeptember 13, 2015
    Patricia Abbitt was our tour guide and she is animated and lively and knowledgeable, giving information to visitors in an interesting and entertaining manner. We LOVED her! Take the tour
  • Eleanor K.
    Eleanor KennedySeptember 8, 2015
    Great, informative museum!
  • Marialexandra
    MarialexandraAugust 26, 2015
    An amazingly beautiful place rich with history. The guided tours are wonderful and everything is also very well identified for anyone to walk around without a guide.
  • William C.
    William CapodannoJuly 24, 2015
    American history wonderfully preserved
  • M. Carmen M.
    M. Carmen MartinezJuly 5, 2015
    Behind the scenes tour is excellent but if you can't do the stairs the basic house tour is very good. Our day including behind the scene tour lasted for 6 hours. Take your time and relish in the histo
  • Mark B.
    Mark BJune 26, 2015
    Always a beautiful historic site. Get your tickets early for tours or try to reserve online ahead of time. You can walk around the outside without a tour but can't go inside. Lots to see.
  • Preston V.
    Preston VienneauJune 5, 2015
    Gardens and view
  • Ryan K.
    Ryan K.April 10, 2015
    Great tour but house is way smaller than you think. Beautiful grounds and great way to spend the day.
  • Clyde R.
    Clyde RayMarch 31, 2015
    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!
  • Greg G.
    Greg GordonJanuary 13, 2015
    Go during the different seasons. It's worth the trip
  • ✨Kelsey✨
    ✨Kelsey✨January 5, 2015
    Discount: locals get in free with a paying adult guest!
  • Jennifer M.
    Jennifer MedeirosSeptember 13, 2014
    Try the smoked salmon eggs Benedict. You get the best of both worlds!
  • Ryan
    RyanSeptember 12, 2014
    TJ's casa, pretty neat
  • Reaux P.
    Reaux PackardAugust 14, 2014
    If you grew up here, you've been here a million times on school trips. Somehow, though, you'll always learn something new.
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RakerAugust 13, 2014
    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.
  • Michael C.
    Michael CurranAugust 7, 2014
    Tom's home and grounds.
  • BuffaloJason
    BuffaloJasonApril 13, 2014
    A place every American should visit once to understand the full story of the genesis of our country, good and bad.
  • Matt
    MattApril 12, 2014
    Spend the entire day there to get your money's worth, if you just go on the house tour it is bit expensive.
  • Melissa S.
    Melissa SavoyApril 5, 2014
    $25 per adult, just to get on the grounds. House tours require a timed ticket.
  • Elaine H.
    Elaine HyresFebruary 15, 2014
    Great tour guides! So knowledgable and interactive when with the kids! Liesle was a great tour guide😃
  • Paola G.
    Paola GuerreroJanuary 5, 2014
    Favorite president - hands down!!! Check out the painting of Salomé in the parlor and the impressive library. Rebecca is a sensational tour guide!!
  • Harlan M.
    Harlan McCormackSeptember 25, 2013
    Worth the price
  • Waldo J.
    Waldo JaquithSeptember 3, 2013
    Locals are half-price when bringing out-of-towners.
  • Amee H.
    Amee HaasSeptember 1, 2013
    Very popular place! Plan your day and get there early or you may wait hours to get a tour of Thomas Jefferson's house.
  • Laura J.
    Laura JonesAugust 17, 2013
    IncredIbly expensive.
  • Patricia L.
    Patricia LaneAugust 14, 2013
    Just beautiful. My husband to the slavery tour and really enjoyed. Will go back again.
  • Brandon H.
    Brandon HarrisJuly 18, 2013
    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! :)
  • Garden Club of Virginia
    Gardens restored to Jefferson's own 1807 plan was by the Garden Club of Virginia Read more
  • Chad H.
    Chad HembreeJuly 10, 2013
    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.
  • 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
    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
  • Tingting Y.
    Tingting Y.May 29, 2013
    Behind the scene tour worth every penny.
  • Shawn P.
    Shawn PelsingerMay 26, 2013
    Pick up some freedom in the gift shop.
  • Lynn S.
    Lynn SMay 2, 2013
    Don't miss the two outdoor tours: the slavery tour of Mullberry row and the garden tour!
  • Judi D.
    Judi DrakeApril 1, 2013
    Make sure you have some good walking shoes !! Fantastic place.......what a brillant man Thomas Jefferson was.
  • Ilona
    IlonaMarch 22, 2013
    Beautiful! Slavery tour is super long though…
  • Jon H.
    Jon HusseyFebruary 17, 2013
    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.
  • Bill D.
    Bill DavesFebruary 4, 2013
    Definitely walk the grounds and check out the lower level.
  • Geoff P.
    Geoff PorterJanuary 31, 2013
    Shirley Freeman is a wealth of knowledge.
  • Tyler C.
    Tyler CaryNovember 23, 2012
    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.
  • Karen H.
    Take both the house tour and the behind-the-scenes tour! I took this in the 3rd Floor dome room!
  • Andy K.
    Andy KoenigAugust 12, 2012
    Pretty disappointing that visitors can't even see the grounds without a $24 ticket.
  • Jorge G.
    Jorge GJuly 21, 2012
    Great tour. Military go in free until labor day
  • VirginiaIsForKids.com
    VirginiaIsForKids.comOctober 31, 2011
    Visiting Monticello with kids? Be sure to take one of their "children's tours" designed just for kids! Read more
  • Mark S.
    Mark StevensOctober 25, 2011
    Starts every hour on the hour.
  • K12 Inc
    K12 IncAugust 10, 2011
    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
  • Virginia Tourism
    Virginia TourismAugust 8, 2011
    Monticello is the only historic house in the U.S. on the United Nations' World Heritage List!
  • Jim R.
    Jim RemingtonJuly 24, 2011
    Take the shuttle up before your appointed time to take some photos.
  • Smithsonian Channel
    Smithsonian ChannelJune 23, 2011
    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
  • Lane
    LaneMay 23, 2011
    Ask the manager to tell you about the ghosts!
  • Mike G.
    Mike GetzApril 11, 2011
    Here on an 88 degree day in early April...
  • WorldStrides
    WorldStridesApril 5, 2011
    Explore Jefferson’s home and grounds of Monticello to see the only house in America listed on the United Nations’ prestigious World Heritage list.
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel MercerDecember 22, 2010
    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.
  • HISTORY
    HISTORYAugust 9, 2010
    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
  • Bret C.
    Bret CarrJune 13, 2010
    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!
  • Peckerle
    PeckerleMay 22, 2010
    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.
  • Eric H.
    Eric HimelmanMay 22, 2010
    He had at least 17 "mixed" children. He was quite a (founding) father
  • Leslie D.
    Leslie DavidsonMarch 2, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Definitely check out the garden in April. The flowers are beautiful during the spring. Read more
  • Joe S.
    Joe StirtJanuary 13, 2010
    One of the few places in the world I've been that exceeds any possible expectations. Read more
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