Monticello
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Monticello and its many historical rooms, gadgets, furniture, buildings, and artifacts tell us a lot about Thomas Jefferson, the president who built it and lived there.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Sanj2561
    North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania303 contributions
    Informative and Entertaining!
    This trip was planned as a "filler" before attending an evening wedding in Charlottesville. I thought I knew alot about Thomas Jefferson, but I was wrong! Our tour guide was very personable and the house and grounds are beautiful. The gift shop contained seeds from plants and flowers that are grown on the property, so I cannot wait to see these flowers bloom in my garden next year! I would suggest buying your tickets ahead of time, since you are assigned a certain time to take your tour.
    Visited June 2022
    Written December 17, 2022
  • drwatson32
    Shawnee, Oklahoma1,041 contributions
    Awesome
    Very awesome. Thus was my second visit. We did the house and garden ticket package which included a tour of the house, a tour of Mulberry Row and a talk/discussion with a Jefferson impersonator. We liked being able to ride the shuttle or walk the trail back and forth between the visitor center and house according to when presentations were given. We spent several hours and could have spent longer.
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written December 30, 2022
  • eklbrogers
    Laurel, Delaware56 contributions
    Magical Bill Barker
    I gave my Mom a trip to Monticello for Christmas and we made a weekend of it. Monticello is amazing on its own, but Bill Barker makes the experience downright magical. We went to his talk on drafting the Declaration and I was transported. So glad he's at Monticello.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 17, 2023
  • Texas_Travel_1
    Dallas, Texas437 contributions
    .History, Architecture, Science, Agriculture, Wine and Landscaping in one Home.
    Visit Monticello for three reasons: 1. The Guest experience staff do a great job in makiang your vist pleasant and educating. 2. Jefferson created a unique house and property. 3. You education in American history will be enhanced. While Jefferson created small rooms (and smaller staircases and hallways), he created and built a home with many innovations we either use today and should use today. Jefferson provided a historical home with science. As an example, the entrance hall contains historic American maps for Lewis and Clark, Indian relics, and items from the far west of America. Jefferson designed terraces for food production on a hill. (We also hear the stories of the African American slaves who worked to create this house and plantation.) I found some great wine from the property. I also enjoyed Jefferson's used of convering space.
    Visited October 2022
    Written March 4, 2023
  • Splanky
    Claymont, Delaware344 contributions
    Fulfilled our expectations and beyond! A fantastic experience!
    Visiting Monticello was a bucket list item for me and is did not disappoint! We were concerned by some of the reviews saying the tour had gone all "woke." We felt our tour guide was very balanced and so informative. Our tour guide was great to not put a modern spin on 250 year old history. Jefferson was described as "complex" and indeed, he was. We took the "Behind the Scenes" tour and were glad we did, visiting the upstairs and the dome. The tour was about 2 hours. We toured all the buildings in Mulberry Row, getting a full understanding of Monticello and the people who lived and worked there. There is a Jefferson actor who was fun and interesting to listen to. The gift shop was filled with lovely and informative items. The grounds are beautifully kept. We completely enjoyed our time at Monticello!
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 25, 2023
  • Jenny M
    Valdosta, Georgia50 contributions
    Beautiful historic house
    The house and grounds were beautiful. We learned more than we knew about Thomas Jefferson. The man who played Thomas Jefferson was amazing!! He never dropped character once. He was johnny on the spot in answering every question!! I did feel a bit rushed through the house tour. I wish we could have also toured the upstairs. Mulberry Row and the gardens were neat. Since it was raining and cold the day we went, a shelter to wait our tour turn wouldve been nice. The films and museum areas were nice and informative. However, the restaurant, gift shop and ticket prices were way too much.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 8, 2023
  • roytan1947
    Felton, Delaware184 contributions
    A must see
    We enjoyed our time at Monticello. We didn’t do the inside tour, but we did take the shuttle up to the house and we were able to walk all over. There are guided tours but we did it on our own. If you purchase water, don’t let your child open the can. The edges are extremely sharp. I would never purchase that type of bottle again. The grounds are beautiful and people were working in the gardens. The shuttle comes often to take you back to the entrance.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 13, 2023
  • Kathleen
    Joplin, Missouri568 contributions
    Be Sure to Visit
    This is a beautiful home and is beautifully preserved. Be sure to listen to all of the stories of Jefferson and the Hemmings families. The inventiveness of Jefferson is on full display here. It's one presidential home that everyone should visit.
    Visited March 2023
    Written April 14, 2023
  • April C
    3 contributions
    Great day for seniors and teens
    House tour was wonderful with a great knowledgeable guide. It was impossible to cover everything, so he asked what you wanted to know about. Did you know Jefferson's bed was short because it was considered unhealthy to sleep lying flat? Grounds and gardens were beautiful. We visited while tulips were in bloom. We had a nice break for lunch at the cafe. I little pricey but very good.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 20, 2023
  • heikkih722
    Helsinki, Finland1,564 contributions
    A house full of history
    From the parking lot, go up the stairs to the information center and buy the tickets. After that, depending on the given schedule, you can go watch the president's film. Minibuses take you to the manor itself. A short briefing at the starting point of the tour. Guided in the house with a detailed narration. For a self-guided visit, QR icons for the narrative in each room. The bus ride back to the information center stops at President Jefferson's grave, from where you can continue on another bus.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 21, 2023
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Stephen H
Severna Park, MD38 contributions
Jul 2020
This is our third visit to Monticello, the first under Covid19 regulations. They have reduce the number of visitors and for most part eliminated guided tours. You can get a guided tour, however, it is limited to 5 and a flat cost of $350. We went through the self guided tour. Which involved walking through most of the downstairs rooms and if you wanted some information you could read about items in each room on your smart phone. This was probably one of the worst implementation of a self guided tour I have seen. Since they kept the same pricing as when they gave guided tours I would at least expected some type of audio tour or more signage in each room. The only saving grace is they had several of the staff placed around the house and were more then willing to answer all your questions. Outside in a tent they had a actor who was playing Thomas Jefferson. He was excellent and really made the visit worthwhile. My understanding is they will have actors playing other historical figures in Jefferson's life throughout the summer. While I was disappointed with the tour Monticello is so important to our country it was still well worth seeing.
Written July 24, 2020
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jandkbach
Fallston, MD66 contributions
Jul 2020
When I came onto this site to write my review, I almost thought that my husband had already done so when I saw the review by hodgek. We were hugely disappointed by the way that the breadth and depth of Thomas Jefferson's contributions to America and the world were minimized and even overlooked, totally overshadowed by the fact that he had been a slave owner,... We were hoping to get here before revisionist history took hold. With respect to history, we have to have an understanding of the culture of the time no matter how sinful it may be seen in today's culture. Enslavement played a role in development of many nations and acknowledgement is appropriate, but the emphasis begins in the film which was updated in 2020.

The property is beautifully kept but we felt the tour of a few small rooms was lacking for the price paid. The COVID adjustments keeps people generally spaced apart but wearing masks while walking on trails outside not around people is a bit much. Also, I recommended that they make the "no bag/pocketbook" rule more evident on their website. At the time we visited (7/13/2020) this information was buried in the FAQ.
Written July 14, 2020
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abc43
Portsmouth, VA30 contributions
Jul 2020
We drove 2.5 hours to visit Monticello. We were not pleased after that time to be turned away at the gate because we had not purchased tickets online in advance. They said they were sold out for the day, and they were turning away many other people also. I had read their website in detail before our trip, and nowhere did it say that tickets must be purchased in advance. While I applaud their safety measures for visitors and staff during the time of COVID, they should provide explicit information on their website about tickets and the number of people allowed in per day. For tickets that cost $29 per person, they can take the time to provide better information.
Written July 4, 2020
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Gracie R
Mystic, CT153 contributions
Jul 2020 • Solo
Beautiful sunny day! Paid $30 or $27, i can’t remember online for a ticket. I get there and an employee sees lightening. They shuttle all of us off mountain, i was only there for 35 minutes. Employees say severe weather coming. We have to shuttle everyone down and you need to wait under cover until severe weather passes. I’ve been waiting 2 hours. It’s rained, thundered, high winds, and we have to wait a half hour after they get notice it’s ok to go back up. BUYER beware- no refunds. I feel bad for the families that probably spent well over $150-$200 for entry and now they can’t finish the tour. I would rate this 5 stars but unfortunately i didn’t get to more than 35 minutes of anything and I’ve been waiting for several hours.
Written July 22, 2020
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MarshaC624
Fredericksburg, TX20 contributions
Sep 2022
Beautiful property and packed full of history. The docents really know their stuff. I recommend visiting when Thomas Jefferson is at home. The gentleman portraying him is amazing and did not break character at all, no matter what questions he was asked. It is clear he has a passion and his portrayal really pulls you in. I would also recommend doing the "behind the scenes" tour if you can afford the time (1-1/2 hours) and cost ($85). The groups are small (15 people max) and tickets sell out fast but it is so worth it to be able to see all 3 floors and learn much more of the personal histories of those who lived at Monticello.
Written September 29, 2022
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NotALostWanderer
Washington DC931 contributions
Sep 2019
Our tour guide for the kids' tour did a really nice job of entertaining & engaging the young ones in our group. It was definitely worth waiting for. We've been to Monticello a few times, and this was the best tour we've had. Liked the addition of a cafe with ice cream on the hot summer day we visited. We spent some extra time exploring the grounds which are worth seeing on their own, with unique specimens that are clearly tended to with love & care.
Written January 7, 2020
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414luvtravels
Milwaukee, WI30 contributions
Nov 2022
Tickets to Monticello are a little expensive, but our visit was a highlight of our trip to the Charlottesville area. I definitely recommend this as a stop if you are visiting Charlottesville and are interested in American history. There are numerous tours to pick from with varying price tags. We did not buy our ticket in advance and instead went to the ticket desk. Granted it was a "slow" day in November, but we had no problem getting a ticket for a tour that started within an hour of our arrival. The extra time allowed us to see the museum (an engraved copy of the Declaration of Independence is currently on display), visit the gift shop, and take the shuttle to the top of the hill for our tour. Our tour was given by an extremely knowledgeable docent. We learned so much about Jefferson and his life at Monticello. We were able to wander the grounds, see the slave area, and even have an outdoor lunch. You can tailor your trip and tour to spend as little or as much time as you want. It's a stunning property and if the weather had been warmer, we would have lingered even longer.
Written December 2, 2022
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Scott S
Sudbury, MA16 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
I loved visiting Monticello but why am I giving it a 1 star? This one star is solely attributed to the Highlights tour we took when we visited. Read this review if you are at all planning to take one of the available tours.

The tour itself and our docent (Danna) were a terrible disappointment. We purchased our tickets in advance and was extremely excited to see this national treasure. We were 500 miles from home and we were in awe of this building we heard so much about. We started with an explanation of the history of how Jefferson ended up at this site. This was about 5 minutes. Prior to our docent finishing, we were briskly rushed into the building. There was a women with a two-way radio motioned to our docent to enter the building. The only concern by the person with the radio was to get people moving.

Once in the building all the information provided could have been for any planation building in the South. The fact that Jefferson lived there was greatly deemphasized. What clearly was emphasized was that he was a slave owner. For every room we visited the information we were given focused on the fact that Jefferson owned slaves and all that entailed. Each room was filled with so many unique Jefferson items and the rooms were filled with potential stories but they were not mentioned. I completely understand that slave ownership happened at Monticello but this was so emphasized that very little information about the man and the building was provided.

My recommendation would be to do a self tour of the inside of the building if that is available. Do not rely on any docent with their own agenda to guide you through. Our docent insisted on injecting her beliefs and how our country still has so much work to do to overcome the past. And this was not the only commentary on this subject and other subjects that were given. This was not what we signed up for. Danna was not a person who should have been doing tours.

If I am ever able to visit again (550 miles from my home) I would absolutely not waste my time with the guided tours. I would research if there was any smart phone guided tour that focused on Jefferson and his amazing contributions with respect to Monticello. If not, there are plenty of books that I have read that speaks of his achievements regarding Monticello. I was fortunate to have read about Monticello prior to walking through it and would recommend that to others.

Lastly, keep in mind if you do take the tour that you are not provided headsets to hear the docent. For the very high priced cost, you would expect they would have provided headsets to hear the docent (assuming it was information worthwhile to hear).
Written April 3, 2023
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Bob C
Huntington, New York104 contributions
Feb 2020
Having last visited Monticello many years ago as a kid, I was eager to revisit as a grown-up with a very different perspective. A former President, ambassador and innovator, he was also a slave owner, as were many of his colleagues at that time.

The grounds are well maintained and the visitor's center is nice. The café offers a small sampling of farm to table sandwiches, soups and baked goods. In summer, however, I imagine it could be a mob scene. Off season it was quiet and intimate - you felt you were living the history. The narrated small tours are very engaging, the guides are very knowledgeable, and they present the full unvarnished version of who Jefferson was, and what he contributed. He died broke on July 4th, the same day as John Adams, with whom he rebuilt their often contentious relationship later in life.
Written March 6, 2020
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Tracy M
Wexford, PA208 contributions
Oct 2020
This was my third visit to Monticello. COVID-19 protocols caused them to reduce the number of visitors and the tours available. Nonetheless, it was a highly informative and inspirational 3-4 hours. We were still able to take our time walking through the Jefferson's home on on our own. My favorite rooms are the dining room and the tea room!!! Since my last trip there, the Sally Hemings quarters have been opened and transparency regarding the life of enslaved people at Monticello significantly improved. We really appreciated the care all of the presenters gave to using the term "enslaved people" instead of the word "slaves".
Written November 9, 2020
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