Daily Tour Options
Montpelier offers a variety of tours that cater to your interests and help make your visit unique and memorable.
The Signature Tour (Year Round)
With this ticket, visitors receive a 45-minute guided tour of the Madison mansion, and may then proceed with a self-guided tour of the mansion's second floor exhibits, cellars, gardens, and grounds.
Behind-the-Scenes Tours (Year Round)
Montpelier offers intimate behind-the-scenes tours led by our top staff for an exclusive experience. Tickets should be purchased at least 48-hours in advance to ensure availability. Space is limited. Please contact Christy Moriarty, Tourism Coordinator at 540.672.2728, ext. 442 to make your reservation.
Meet the Madisons: Behind-the-Scenes Mansion Tour
Let it Be Red: Behind-the-Scenes Curatorial Tour
In-Depth Experiences (*April - October)
Tickets for the following In-Depth Tours (90 minutes - 2 hours) may be purchased at the Montpelier Visitor Center on the day of your visit.
The Inspiration: Madison and the Constitution
"The Mere Distinction of Colour": Madison and Slavery
"The Genius of This House": The Women of Montpelier
Free Special Focus Tours (*April - October)
Garden and Grounds Tour
Sundays, 2:00 PM. FREE with purchase of mansion tour. Begins at Visitor Center.
Peel back 250 years of landscaping, one layer at a time, to reveal how people changed the land - and how the land changed them. Learn in depth how the grounds of Montpelier became a trove of champion trees and unique plantings, cultivated with great care and attention over its generations of preservation.
In the Ground and in the Lab: Archaeology Tour
*Beginning in May - Thursdays, 12:30 PM. FREE with purchase of mansion tour. Begins at Visitor Center.
Take a guided tour of an active dig site, and learn how archaeologists restore ceramics and process artifacts in the archaeology lab.
Journey from Slavery to Freedom
Saturdays, 2:00 PM. FREE. Begins at the Gilmore Cabin.
Experience the African American transition from slavery to freedom. Visit sites and original structures that bring to life the generations of enslaved individuals who experienced Emancipation and lived and worked through Reconstruction, Jim Crow segregation, and the Civil Rights Movement.
Quarterly Walking Tours
Tickets for the following Quarterly Walking Tours may be purchased at the Montpelier Visitor Center on the day of your visit.
The Big Woods Walk: Exploring Montpelier's Landmark Forest
Working Woods Walk
Civil War Trail & Gilmore Farm Walking Tour
Montpelier offers private tours to individuals and small groups looking for a more intimate in-depth tour experience. $500/Eight–person maximum. By reservation.
Please contact Christy Moriarty, Tourism Coordinator, for reservations at 540-672-2728 ext. 442 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spend a week immersed in an Archaeology Expedition at Montpelier, home of the Father of the Constitution. Stay at Montpelier, or in a luxury local bed & breakfast.