A World Heritage Site, Monticello boasts a striking list of attributes including historic house, former plantation, museum, research institute, presidential library and private, non-profit organization. Meaning “Little Mountain” in Italian, Monticello serves as the pinnacle of Thomas Jefferson’s noble character, reputation, and intellect. A man who spoke and wrote seven different languages, Jefferson unsurprisingly chose this original name for his cherished and cultured residence. Nestled on the Carters Mountain Range, Jefferson’s creation signifies the combined beauty of the Charlottesville landscape and unique European architecture. Thus, Jefferson’s residence became the center of his world.
A National Historic Landmark, Monticello illustrates its regal status as the only American home designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. This architectural wonder symbolizes Jefferson’s fascination with enlightenment ideals and its assimilation with the natural surroundings. Additionally, Monticello is the only U.S. presidential and private home on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Thomas Jefferson paired his visual creativity and neo-classical architectural components at Monticello with his design of the University of Virginia. Both the Academic Village at the University and Monticello serve as vibrant displays of Virginia history. It is no wonder that the view of the University of Virginia from Monticello is so awe-inspiring.
Come visit this astounding display of Thomas Jefferson, third President of the United States, philosopher, scientist, historian, and author of the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson’s home immortalizes his beloved legacy as a pioneer of the self-government and individual freedom we know today. Truly a unique experience, Monticello is a must-see attraction when visiting the Charlottesville area.
Visitor parking is free. There are spaces for buses, RVs, and trailers. Handicapped parking spaces are located near the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center and Carl and Hunter Smith History Center (handicapped license plate or tag required).
After picking up your ticket(s) at the Visitor Center, a 25-passenger shuttle bus will transport you to the mountaintop. Passengers will be dropped off near Monticello’s East Walk where they can also board to take the shuttle back to the Visitor Center and parking area. On the return trip, the shuttle will stop Jefferson’s gravesite and drop off and pick up passengers as needed.
Many visitors enjoy taking the trail the relatively short distance (roughly half a mile) from the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center parking area to the house. But be sure to pick up your ticket(s) first; a Monticello ticket is required to walk up this trail.
Tickets are available for purchase onsite at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.
This exclusive pass takes you behind the scenes: through the first floor of Monticello and up the narrow staircase to explore the private quarters on the second and third floors, including the iconic Dome Room. Along the way, you will see unique architectural features and visit newly restored spaces that reveal the complexities of family life at Monticello. Mornings/Early Afternoon. Year-round.
This tour is not accessible and involves climbing steep stairs.
Recommended for Adults and Children 7+
A new 45-minute guided experience includes first floor spaces in Thomas Jefferson’s home, the West Lawn, and the South Wing. You’ll learn about Jefferson and his vision for America, the realities of slavery on the Monticello plantation, and the mountaintop’s iconic architecture. This popular pass includes access to our gardens, grounds, walking tours, family-friendly activities, and exhibits.Mornings/Early Afternoon, Year-round.
Children (ages 12 – 18): $13
Children under 12: Free
Learn about Thomas Jefferson, the ideas of freedom, and the realities of slavery that made the United States. This popular pass includes a self-guided House tour and access to our gardens, grounds, walking tours, outdoor stations, and exhibits. Afternoons.
Children (12-18): $10
Children under 12: Free
The Hemings family remains one of the best documented enslaved families in the United States. Decades of documentary research, archaeological analysis and oral histories of Hemings descendants provide related narratives of struggle, survival, and family bonds across generations. Their story echoes the history of race and slavery in America. Weekends.
Per Person: $40
Advance reservations are recommended and click here for information on the comprehensive list of tours at Monticello
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