Montpelier will be open Saturday, Sunday, and Federal Holiday Mondays, 9AM-3PM.
Guidelines for Visitors
Welcome to the Home of James and Dolley Madison
We are glad you are sharing part of your day with us! While you are here, we ask that you follow some simple guidelines for the convenience, comfort, and safety of yourself, other visitors, and staff. These guidelines incorporate CDC recommendations for public health and safety to reduce the spread of Covid-19:
GPS Address: 11350 Constitution Highway; Montpelier Station, VA 22957. Do not take Chicken Mountain Road (State Route 639)
Directions and please park in the Visitor Center parking lot
All visitors are required to wear face masks when indoors
Avoid gathering with others outside of your immediate household
Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
Bring hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol to use if soap and water are not available
You are welcome to picnic, please no alcoholic beverages
Dogs are welcome but must remain on a leash at all times. Please pick up after them. We have bags available at our hiking kiosks for this purpose
Remove all trash
Montpelier reserves the right to close the property at its discretion. Thank you for your understanding
Last entry to the property is 3:00 pm. Please plan on leaving the Montpelier property no later than 3:30 pm.
During your visit to Montpelier, if you are in need of assistance please call 540.672.2728 and a Montpelier ambassador will come to your aid. If you have a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.
Explore Montpelier's gardens, grounds, trails, and exhibits on your own
Montpelier's gardens, grounds, and trails will re-open January 15, 2022. Property passes include access to the Annie duPont Formal Garden, the Landmark Forest, Madison family and Enslaved Community cemeteries, walking trails, exhibitions, and more. Access to the House is not included.
Orange County residents may access the grounds free of charge. Non-Orange County residents must purchase a Property Pass. Cost:
$12/Adult (13+), $7/Child (6-12), Free/Child Under 6
$35/Annual Pass – Per Carload
Montpelier accepts credit cards only; no cash or gift cards. Online purchase is strongly recommended.
Outdoor Walking Tour
Uncover the rich history of James Madison's Montpelier on this guided outdoor tour
Learn about the lives and the legacies of James Madison, "Father of the Constitution," and Dolley Madison, one of America's most influential First Ladies. Learn more about the Constitution and the principles of self-government and liberty that informed its creation. Explore the lives of the members of the Enslaved Community and examine the institution of slavery in the founding era and beyond. Tours last one hour and move through Montpelier's landscape and historic core. *House access is not included.* A property pass is included in the purchase price.
Montpelier REQUIRES all visitors to wear face masks when indoors and strongly encourages mask when outdoors.
Due to limited capacity, online reservations are strongly encouraged. Tours take place RAIN OR SHINE. Cost:
$24/adult (13+), $10/child (6-12), Free/Child Under
Property pass (full access to the grounds) is included in the purchase price of any guided tour.
Guests are encouraged to have plenty of water on hand. Terrain can be rough in outdoor areas, so please wear comfortable shoes and weather appropriate clothing. Masks required indoors.
Do Some Shopping and Grab a Snack
Visitors can shop in the Museum Shop, located in the Visitor Center, Saturday-Sunday and Federal-Holiday Mondays, 10 AM-3:30 PM. Customers may shop in person, and online orders will be available for pickup. To ensure a safe and enjoyable shopping experience, there will be a limit on the number of customers in the shop at any time. Face masks are required. Montpelier asks that shoppers limit their time to 30 minutes and practice safe social distancing of six feet or more from other shoppers.
For a sneak peek of our wonderful offerings, check out our online shop - which is ALWAYS open!
A selection of grab-and-go snacks and beverages is available in the Cafe; please purchase these items in the Museum Shop.
Don't forget to Stay Virtually Connected
Montpelier is staying virtually open for business by educating, inspiring, and engaging the public with its continuing work, which includes publicly accessible blog posts, websites, podcasts, online courses, webinars, and social media platforms for the public to enjoy. Montpelier encourages parents, students, and teachers to use and share this information as it continues to be a place of education, inspiration, and American history.