Monticello offers daily tours of the house, as well as seasonal tours about the gardens and slavery. Our Visitor Center offers four galleries, an introductory film, a cafe and Museum Shop. In addition to our regular tours, we also host a variety of special events and programs throughout the year including a Naturalization Ceremony on July 4th and the Heritage Harvest Festival in September. The Jefferson Library is open to the public (M-F, 9-5), and is an excellent source for research on all things related to Jefferson. Our Center for Historic Plants also hosts special educational programs throughout the year. Please check our website for upcoming special events.
The Thomas Jefferson Foundation is a private nonprofit organization that owns and operates Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's mountaintop home and estate. We welcome 440,000 visitors annually to enjoy the house, gardens, and our Visitor Center. The Foundation has a staff of over 350 employees and 100 volunteers and interns who all help us achieve our mission of education and preservation.
In addition to the house and Visitor Center, the Foundation also supports the International Center for Jefferson Studies, which includes the Jefferson Library, and the Center for Historic Plants. Many local residents also enjoy the Saunders-Monticello Trail that runs along the TJ parkway.