Grounds, Trails, Museum Shop, and Cafe Closed Through Jan. 15; Reopening Jan. 16
January 16, 2021   |   9 AM-3:30 PM, Saturday-Sunday and holiday Mondays
Open to the Public
Montpelier's house, gardens, grounds, trails, and Museum Shop are currently closed, but we will reopen on January 16.
Enjoy our Gardens, Grounds, and Trails
We encourage you to purchase your property pass online
Beginning January 16, Montpelier's gardens, grounds, and trails are open for the public to enjoy, Saturday-Sunday and holiday Mondays, 9 AM to 3:30 PM. This includes the historical core, Annie duPont Formal Garden, Madison family and Enslaved Community cemeteries, and walking trails, on 2,700 acres.
Orange County residents may access the grounds free of charge. Non-Orange County residents must purchase a property pass.
We are accepting credit cards only; no cash or gift cards.
Take a Guided "Highlights of Montpelier" Tour or a Private House Tour
Please purchase your tour tickets online
Montpelier offers a guided hybrid tour during select times Saturday-Sunday and holiday Mondays, January 16-March 14. Guests will visit significant outdoor locations located in the historic core of the site, as well as three select rooms in the Madisons' home. The tour discusses the Madisons, the Enslaved Community, and the U.S. Constitution. Due to the limited capacity of the tour, online reservations are strongly encouraged. Tours will take place RAIN OR SHINE.
Private house tours are offered by appointment only; reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance.
For the safety of our visitors and staff, space is very limited on these tours. You are encouraged to have plenty of water on hand. Terrain can be rough in outdoor areas, so please wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Stairs are also included on the tour route. Montpelier requires visitors to wear masks inside the house, and tour takers are strongly encouraged to maintain six feet social distancing. Masks are not required in outdoor areas.
Montpelier requires all tour participants to sign a waiver that states they are healthy and have not exhibited any signs of illness (COVID-19) in the last 14 days. Anyone experiencing symptoms will not be permitted to attend a tour.
Do Some Shopping and Grab a Snack
Visitors can shop in the Museum Shop, located in the Visitor Center, Friday-Saturday10 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 of the number of customers in the shop at any time. Face masks are required, gloves and hand sanitizer are requested to be used before shopping, and only credit cards will be accepted. 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 snacks and beverages is available in The Exchange Cafe; please purchase these items in the Museum Shop.
Guidelines for Visitors
Welcome to the home of James and Dolley Madison
We are glad you are sharing part of your day with us! Please enjoy Montpelier’s beautiful grounds, gardens, and woodland trails; and while you are here, we ask that you follow some simple guidelines for the safety and comfort of other visitors and our staff. These guidelines incorporate CDC recommendations for public health and safety to reduce the spread of Covid-19.
Please park in the Visitor Center parking lot.
All buildings are closed except for the House (during reserved tour times only), Visitor Center Museum Shop and Exchange Cafe, and Restrooms. Certain buildings in the South Yard are "look in" only.
Please stay at least six feet from others at all times. This might make some open areas, trails, and paths better to use. Please avoid crowded areas.
We encourage all visitors to wear masks.
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.
No groups larger than 10 people.
Dogs are welcome but they must remain on a leash at all times and please pick up after them. We have bags available at our hiking kiosks for this purpose.
Please remove your trash.
Montpelier reserves the right to close the property at its discretion. Thank you for your understanding.
Please plan on leaving the Montpelier property no later than 3:30 pm, as our staff cannot leave until the parking lot is empty.
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 please call 911 immediately.
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.