Special Interest Tours
Montpelier offers special interest tours, behind-the-scenes experiences, and quarterly walking tours.
Behind-the-Scenes Tours (Year Round)
Space is limited for all Behind-the-Scenes tours. Tickets should be purchased 48-hours in advance of the tour time to ensure availability. Please call 540.672.2728, ext. 442.
Meet the Madisons: In-Depth Mansion Tour
Let it Be Red: Behind-the-Scenes with the Curators
Special Interest Tours (April - October)
Tickets for the following Special Interest Tours may be purchased at the Montpelier Visitor Center on the day of your visit.
The Enslaved Community Tour
Garden and Grounds Tour
Sundays, 1:00 PM : $5 with purchase of mansion tour, $10 for Garden and Grounds Tour alone : 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: Special Tour with Archaeologists
Thursdays, 1:00 PM : $5 with purchase of mansion tour, $10 for In The Ground Tour alone : 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
First Saturday of every month, 1:00 PM; $5 with purchase of mansion tour, $10 for Journey Tour alone. Begins at Visitor Center. Experience nearly 300 years of African American history, visiting sites and original structures on the Montpelier plantation that bring to life generations of enslaved individuals through Emancipation, and shed light on living and working through Reconstruction, Jim Crow segregation, and the Civil Rights Movement. A walking and driving tour.
How Best Do We Govern Ourselves? (Constitution Mansion Tour)
Fridays and Saturdays, 1:00 PM; $5 with purchase of mansion tour. Begins at Visitor Center. A unique look at the home of James Madison from the perspective of his greatest legacy. Join a Montpelier Interpreter who will utilize the spaces and furnishings of the mansion to reveal the story of how Madison took the age-old idea of self-government and made it a reality. This is not a tour about art and artifacts but is a quest in search of the essential principles of the Constitution.
Family Friendly Tour
Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00 AM; Free with purchase of mansion tour. Begins at Visitor Center. Bring the family for this free tour designed to engage all ages, touching on history, governance, and life on a working plantation. Join other families as we focus on the "fun stuff" and explore James Madison's Montpelier.
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
Civil War Trail & Gilmore Farm Walking Tour
Working Woods Walk
Call for reservation 540-672-2728 ext. 442
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.