Monticello Insider Tips

Journey Through Hallowed Ground

Visit historic sites along the Journey Through Hallowed Ground as you make your way to Charlottesville.

University of Virginia

Visit the University of Virginia, founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819. Take a free Historical Tour beginning at the Rotunda to learn the story of the University and explore the Academical Village.

Heritage Harvest Festival

Celebrate revolutionary gardener Thomas Jefferson during the 6th Annual Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello September 12-13.

Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony

Celebrate the most important day of the year at Monticello – Independence Day – when new citizens take the oath of citizenship during the Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony at Monticello.

Monticello Museum Shop

The extraordinary Monticello Museum Shop offers the most comprehensive selection Jefferson-related books available anywhere.

Revolutionary Garden Tour

Don’t miss the Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden Tour at Monticello – the new experiential tour of Jefferson’s garden offered April 27 – October 27.

Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center and Smith Education Center

Arrive early to visit the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center and Smith Education Center which features four exhibitions, an introductory film, hands-on space for children, and a museum shop and café.

Behind the Scenes Tour

Check out the new Behind the Scenes Tour which allows you to visit rarely seen rooms on the second and third floors of Monticello, including Jefferson’s spectacular Dome Room.