Thomas Jefferson's Monticello Charlottesville
Where is it at?
Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway
Tel: 434 984 9800
Where are we going today?
Sometimes it's great to really bed down in a great history book. Sometimes, however, it's even more thrilling to learn about history in the very spot that it happened!
Thomas Jefferson's Monticello is an incredible historic experience for not only the kids, but for the whole family. Monticello is in fact, a home that Jefferson built (when he was only 27 - kids, that's something to aspire to!), and lived in. Today, he still lies in the grounds, so you can even go and say hello!
The house is really a masterpiece, and was re-built for over 40 years. Kids can see influences from all over the world, as a result of his travels.
Tours are the best way to visit Monticello. You can grab the all day pass, that allows you to explore the first floor of the house on a fascinating guided tour. A lot of the artifatcs around the house were actually owned by Jefferson, so you can just imagine what life would have been like as you walk around!
You can take a tour of the slavery quarters, and hear all about how Jefferson was conflicted, because he opposed slavery in a house that was built and run by slaves, and you can also experience the incredible gardens and grounds.
Don't miss a visit to the visitor center either. Here, you can experience a 15 minute film of Thomas Jefferson's life and world, and the Griffin Discovery Room. It really is learning made fun!
An amazing day out in Virginia, where history comes to life, and you actually walk in the footsteps of one of the most influential presidents of the USA.
How much does it cost?
- Adults$20 - $25
- Free Under: 5 years
When can we go?
Generally 9am - 6pm, but varies on the day so check ahead
Open daily, except Christmas.
They LOVE having students come for field trips. It's an incredible way to learn, and kids will love hearing all about Jefferson in the very spot he walked!.
There is a cafe at Monticello where you can pick up hot foods, as well as sandwiches, and kid friendly options.
They have healthy options at the cafe including salads and water!.
Any Top Tips?
They offer great tours, including garden tastings, slavery tours, behind the scenes and sunset experiences. .
Need a little extra help?
It's a handicap accessible experience.
Can I get one of those?
There of course a shop where you can pick up some incredible items including educational, toys and games!.
Allow at least 2 hours to visit - it's certainly worth it!.
What people are saying?
by Kevin Smith
What a great value--a $25 day pass entitles you to guided tours of the house and grounds. One thing I will do next time is be sure to start early--there is a lot to explore. The history of Jefferson's life and home is worth learning more about. Guide was extraordinarily knowledgeable and professional, as were all the staff we ran across.
by Corey Sleeper
This is a great place to visit. Thomas Jefferson played a huge part in US history, so visiting his house and learning more about him, his personal life, and his role in history should definitely be on your list if you plan on visiting Charlottesville. Its an absolutely beautiful, well maintained facility. The employees are friendly, and a lot of hard work goes into keeping this place running.
by Carter Pups
Even though we unexpectedly had to pay to walk the trail to the house, we had a nice time. And of course we couldn't go into Monticello, but there is lots to see outside. Some nice grounds ladies brought us some water.
Nice new-ish visitors facility. Friendly people. Nice trails to walk.
Yeah well you've heard about it all your life but haven't bothered making the trip yet. Understandably so, I too always thought I'd get round to seeing it one day. And finally like rain on your wedding day, it happened. Surprise surprise. I spent considerable time in the well stocked museum store, almost worth the trip just for that. Monticello to me wasn't that exciting but I was glad I went. The slave quarters were interesting as well as the working part of the farm. Didn't know Jefferson made nails? A pleasent day if you're not rushed. Do read...Read More
by Cody Beckley
Absolutely worth a visit if you are ever in the region. The tour was amazing and the visitors center was equally great. The cafe was a pleasant surprise. The food was very good and not overpriced.
Yeah well you've heard about it all your life but haven't bothered making the trip yet. Understandably so, I too always thought I'd get round to seeing it one day. And finally like rain on your wedding day, it happened. Surprise surprise. I spent considerable time in the well stocked museum store, almost worth the trip just for that. Monticello to me wasn't that exciting but I was glad I went. The slave quarters were interesting as well as the working part of the farm. Didn't know Jefferson made nails? A pleasent day if you're not rushed. Do read all the little plaques, you'll learn a lot of little tid bits for your next cocktail party.