George Washington's Mount Vernon

George Washington's Mount Vernon

George Washington's Mount Vernon

George Washington's Mount Vernon
4.5
Speciality Museums • Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Come share the fascinating moments of America’s first family with yours at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Explore the beautiful mansion and grounds and get to know the man, the ideas and the values that founded a nation. Dive into history through action-packed theaters, fascinating exhibits and meet characters from Washington’s world. Admire the view of the peaceful Potomac, or hop on board a sightseeing cruise. It’s a place where history truly comes to life.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Murph
14 contributions
Picturesque & Informative
Aug 2021
Well worth a visit. We did the grounds pass with self walking tour. The physical displays were impressive. The views are, as well. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Great site for history.
Written September 9, 2021
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BictheMagnificent
Glen Burnie, MD197 contributions
An Educational Experience
We visited in early September and were pleased with our experience. The site is well-maintained and the tour guides are knowledgeable. The mansion was undergoing restoration so Gen. Washington's bed chamber was unavailable to see.
Written September 5, 2021
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TravelingMerm
Monrovia, CA2,334 contributions
Must-do!! Amazing piece of history!
Definitely worth a visit - the grounds are just gorgeous- with amazing views everywhere- especially of the Potomac River! Not to mention the sheer historical value of the estate - I mean, this is George Washington’s home!! Wow!!

There are paved and gravel trails all over the estate…so when you’re done with your mansion tour, you can spent as much or as little time as you like exploring. But if you only do one trail/path, make sure you take the path to see the Washingtons’ tomb! He and his wife are entombed on the grounds down the hill from the house - and it’s a lovely stroll down a brick path from the house. There are also some displays in the barns on the way to the tomb of things like carriages and tools used in those times etc.

There are maps in the visitor center which is where you start, as well as plenty of staff all over the estate for questions and guidance. The visitor center is nice too - has a lovely stained glass mural, displays and interesting info - well worth a look!

At the time I visited (back in May of 2021), you had to reserve a time for the mansion tour due to Covid restrictions. The tour of the mansion is fairly short - I’d say around 30-40 minutes. But you can take as much time as you want exploring the grounds and outside of the mansion.

There’s plenty of parking spread out over several lots. Just remember where you parked bc it’s a large estate with lots of parking.
Written September 5, 2021
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Abby M
Upland, CA249 contributions
Great place to visit
Our third time there and it was great. Did the tour inside the mansion and the grounds. The ticket prices are a few dollars cheaper online but either way it’s worth it. You can also see his tomb and the old tomb where he was first placed. The food at the food court was reasonable and tasted yummy. We went when they first opened up on a Tuesday and there was minimal people there. If you’re into history or just want to say hey I saw President Washington’s tomb then you must go here.
Written August 31, 2021
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sloomis31
Bristol, WI876 contributions
An American Classic
Aug 2021
Visiting Mount Vernon is a must-do for anyone interested in history and George Washington. After an eight-year absence, my family returned and the good memories came flooding back. Mount Vernon has plenty of space for parking (cars and tour busses) and can definitely handle crowds, which means small families have plenty of room to breathe (even with a mask). The visitors center contains a small model of the mansion, statues of the man himself, and a customer service desk. Unfortunately, the movie theatres were closed due to COVID. The grounds are peaceful and full of trees planted by Washington (that old). We strolled down to the tomb and listened to a wreath-laying ceremony. From there we walked back to the mansion for our tour. It was hot and humid but the staff was still smiling. The timed entry worked well and didn't keep us waiting long. Definitely buy tickets ahead online. The tour itself was informative and kept kids and adults engaged. Exploring the outbuildings and learning about their various purposes added to the visit. Then as if we didn't get enough history, there was an air conditioned, interactive museum, a food court, two gift shops, and a full fledged colonial style restaurant. An amazing visit with something for everyone.
Written August 30, 2021
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BostonMomof3
Braintree, MA11 contributions
Fun with kids!
Aug 2021
We visited on a very hot day in August with three young children. The kids really liked the mansion tour and the tour guides were very engaging. They did get very hot and cranky walking the grounds so we had to cut that part short. We were thrilled that the museum part was open (we had expected Covid closures) and found it to be very interesting and educational for all ages. Don't miss having lunch (and dessert!) at the Mount Vernon Inn. I wouldn't hesitate to come back again on a cooler day to do more exploring!
Written August 24, 2021
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Phyliss B
Canton, MI1,407 contributions
Very disappointing experience
Aug 2021 • Couples
I hadn’t visited since I was 10 years old and was so looking forward to my visit. I can still remember how impressed I was at 10 years old by that experience.
Well 55 years later, this experience was simply put disappointing.
Washington’s bedroom was under renovation, at least three other rooms were under renovation, with plastic tarps and painting utensils everywhere.
Ok I guess I can understand that, but why charge full price for a limited experience?
While touring the outer buildings, I was simply disappointed in the lack of care of the historical artifacts. For example, Washington’s carriage was filthy! Cobwebs, dirt at least two inches thick, spiderwebs covered that carriage! The other out buildings were equally as dirty, and the horse stalls smelled as if the horses were just housed there. The grounds were Washington’s pride and joy, yet in 2021 the grass was 4 inches or more high, and trees were unkept. I inquired about it and again, the COVID excuse was used, but the dirt on Washington’s carriage was at least 10 years old! Stop using the COVID excuse, obviously the groundskeepers and curators work from home. I left angry and feeling ripped off! I travel the US and have toured most museums, Presidential homes, libraries and have never seen the lack of care that Mount Vernon displays.
Maybe your curators should tour some of the other outdoor museums like The Greenfield Village to see how their artifacts are maintained.
Either charge half price~ or close until the buildings are completed.
Written August 23, 2021
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Sara L
Potsdam, NY200 contributions
Must do
Visiting Mount Vernon is an absolute must do. Walking where George Washington walked was just amazing. There is so much to see.
Written August 20, 2021
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talia_lewi
Oneonta, NY47 contributions
Fun day!
Aug 2021
We got there first thing in the morning and enjoyed the "Hamilton" tour, the sightseeing cruise, the Mansion tour, and the "Enslaved People of Mount Vernon" tour.

Hamilton tour w Isaac was amazing. He clearly knows the musical, history, and estate inside and out. He was the highlight of our day.

The sightseeing cruise was fun, but little to no information was provided/was hard to hear. Fun if you want to go on a boat, but not worth it if you're hoping to get everything out of it that the description lists.

Mansion tour was quick and not super informative. Cheap to get in though, so can't complain.

Enslaved People of Mount Vernon tour was average. Tour guide was really quiet and hard to hear, didn't seem like she showed us all the planned stops as there were other tours about.

Had lunch in the food court - exactly what you'd expect. Nice that you don't have to leave the estate though!
Written August 17, 2021
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ddallas1969
Linthicum Heights, MD631 contributions
A nice day
Jul 2021
We really enjoyed this visit. We used the self-guided audio tour. However, we prefer tours where there are docents that answer questions and are very informative. That would've made this better. The audio was just.....okay. Could've been done better in my opinion. Even the tour of the house was more of a "just rush you through" without much education. The DuPont estate tours in Delaware are done much better. Just my opinion. Still worth the trip for the history.
Written August 14, 2021
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