Monticello is the home of Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States.

Monticello conducts guided tours of the main house—Thomas Jefferson’s “essay in architecture” – throughout the year and guided tours of the scenic gardens and the historic plantation on a seasonal basis.

Now featuring the new Behind the Scenes Tour.” Visit rarely seen rooms on the second and third floors of Monticello, including Jefferson’s spectacular Dome Room. Conclude your tour in the Cellar with the new “Crossroads” exhibition. Learn about the buzz of activity and constant motion downstairs at Monticello, both inside and out, and some of the people who worked to keep the Jefferson household running. The Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center and Smith Education Center features four exhibitions, an introductory film, hands-on space for children, a museum shop and cafe.

Monticello is 2 1/2 hours south of Washington, DC, in Charlottesville, VA. Visit Monticello to collect your passport stamp.


“…there is no quarter of the globe so desirable as America…no county in Virginia equal to Albemarle, and no spot in Albemarle to compare to Monticello.”

– Thomas Jefferson, 1795