James Madison's Montpelier strives to provide the best possible accessibility to the Mansion, grounds, and facilities to meet our visitors’ diverse abilities and needs. However, spending time at Montpelier does involve a fair amount of standing and walking, including a 2/3–mile round-trip walk with an incline from the Visitor Center to the Mansion.


  • There are eight handicapped parking spaces available at the Visitor Center.
  • Accessible restrooms, each with a water fountain nearby, are located in the Visitor Center. There are no restrooms in the mansion.

Limited Mobility

  • Visitors with limited mobility are advised to build extra time into their schedule.
  • All paths in visitor core areas, plus the archaeology lab, hands-on tent, and cooking demo, are wheelchair accessible. The mansion is three stories, including the cellars. The first floor and cellar of the mansion are wheelchair accessible; All second floor exhibits are available in the form of booklets and individual DVD players.
  • If you need assistance with mobility, we recommend that you bring your own wheelchair. Three standard wheelchairs are available at the Visitor Center at no extra charge on a first-come, first-served basis. Three motorized scooters are available at the Visitor Center for a fee of $10 each. The motorized scooters have a 250 lb. capacity.

Hearing Impaired

The introductory film at the Visitor Center, Constitution presentation in the Mansion, and War of 1812 film are closed-captioned. Printed Audioguide scripts and house tour scripts are also available for the deaf and hearing-impaired.

Visually Impaired

Blind and partially sighted visitors can experience their tour with the added touch of objects and more in-depth visual descriptions. Certified service dogs are allowed in the house only when utilized for assisted care.


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