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.
Visitors with limited mobility are advised to build extra time into their schedule.
All paths in visitor core areas, including the archaeology lab, are wheelchair accessible. With the cellars, the mansion is three stories. Only 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.
The introductory film at the Visitor Center and Constitution presentation in the Mansion are closed-captioned. Printed house tour scripts are also available for the deaf and hearing-impaired.
Blind and partially sighted visitors can experience their tour with more in-depth visual descriptions. Certified service dogs are allowed in the house when utilized for assisted care.
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