Before You Visit


Guidelines and Tips

Spending time at Montpelier involves a fair amount of walking and standing.

To ensure the best experience for every guest, we ask that you observe the following:

  • Smoking is allowed in designated areas only, situated outside the Visitor Center and and in the back lawn of the mansion.

  • Photography and video is permitted on the grounds of Montpelier, but not inside the mansion. Photos and video are only allowed for your personal use. Requests for commercial use should be forwarded to our Communications Department using this form.

  • Food, drink, and chewing gum are prohibited in the mansion.

  • Eating, drinking, and flash photography are prohibited in the galleries.

  • Cell phones must be on silent or vibrate mode while inside the mansion.

  • Parents with active or restless young children may make use of the Children’s Getaway in the mansion cellar. Toys, games, and a rocking chair for nursing mothers are provided. There are also high chairs in the Courtyard Cafe.

  • Service animals are permitted throughout the property. Leashed dogs that are not service animals are welcome on the grounds, but are not permitted indoors. Pet owners are asked to curb their dogs.


James Madison's Montpelier strives to provide the best possible accessibility to the mansion, grounds, and facilities that meet our visitors’ diverse abilities and needs.

Suggested Reading

Read more about James Madison, Dolley Madison, and the Constitution before you visit.