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Behind the Scenes House Tour and Day Pass

All Ages $65 Mar–Oct
All Ages $49 Nov–Feb

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Offered daily, year round
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Have you always wanted to go upstairs at Monticello? 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. Learn about the Jefferson, Hemings, and Randolph family, as well as other free and enslaved people who lived and labored in the house.  The Behind-the-Scenes tour provides a fuller picture of life at Monticello, and a better understanding of the complex world surrounding the man who authored the Declaration of IndependencePlease note: This tour is not handicap-accessible and involves climbing steep stairs. Children must be able to climb and descend stairs unassisted by an adult. These tours are recommended for adults and children 7 and older.

Because of high demand during our peak visit seasons, we recommend making your reservation online.

Included in the Behind the Scenes Day Pass:

Guided Tours

State of the Art Visitor Center

Access to

Scheduling a Behind the Scenes Tour

Tickets for these tours typically sell out in advance.  To make your reservation online, please click on the tickets icon above.

Please plan to arrive at Monticello at least 30 minutes before the time of your reservation.

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Tour At A Glance:
Not handicap-accessible. Tour involves climbing steep staircases.
Around 2 hours


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