Tours & Tickets

Experience Highland, the official residence of fifth President James Monroe and his wife, Elizabeth Kortright Monroe, from 1799 to 1823.

Join us for our newly revamped guided tour, lasting approximately 40 minutes, as we explore the fascinating life of the tireless public servant who fought and bled in the American Revolution, successfully negotiated the Louisiana Purchase, worked behind the scenes to push the Missouri Compromise through Congress, secured our nation’s borders, and issued our first hemisphere-wide foreign policy statement: the Monroe Doctrine. The tour also showcases an outstanding collection of 18th and early nineteenth-century furnishings, including many original to the Monroe family. Expect to spend one-and-a-half to two hours touring the house, exploring the self-guided outbuildings, and enjoying the gardens and grounds.

During the months of April through October, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, we will feature our Slavery at Highland program. We invite you to visit and learn more about the enslaved African American men, women, and children who worked on James Monroe’s property.

Highland Augmented Reality Experience

Highland has resumed beta testing of the new augmented reality (AR) experience, allowing ticketed guests to experience the new tour at no additional charge. Guests who participate in beta testing will be asked to complete a short survey about their experience. We expect the beta period will last several months and will be offered Monday through Friday during regular operating hours. Due to the outdoor nature of the AR tour it will not be available during periods of inclement weather.

Hours of Operation

11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., November through March. (Last tour: 4 p.m.)
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., April through October. (Last tour: 5 p.m.)
We are closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

General Admissions 

Adults and Seniors
  • Adults – $14.00 (Tours before 10 AM Memorial Day through Labor Day: $10.00)
  • Seniors (60 and older) – $12.00
  • AAA Members with ID – $13.00
  • Youth ages 6-11 – $8.00
  • Youth under 6 – FREE
  • Active U.S. Military and dependents with ID – FREE Memorial Day to Labor Day through Blue Star Museums
    • extended to up to five family members
  • Active, Former, and Retired U.S. Military with ID – $12.00
    • extended to one accompanying family member
Community Members
  • Local Residents (including residents of Charlottesville and Albemarle, Augusta, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson, Orange, and Rockingham counties) – $8.00 (one FREE admission with paying out-of-town guest)
  • College of William & Mary Faculty and Staff – FREE
  • College of William & Mary Students – $8.00
  • University of Virginia (Faculty, Staff, & Students) – $8.00

Planning a Group Tour?

Adult Group Tours (10 or more visitors), are $12 per adult. Please call (434) 293-8000 or email for more information.

School Field Trips, visit our school groups page.

All group tours include the guided tour, self-guided outbuildings, and access to the gardens and grounds. Additional group tour options include the Slavery at Highland program, Highland Fare box lunches, and a visit from Colonel Monroe (call for pricing and availability).

Monroe’s Farm Friends Annual Grounds Pass

First 2016 Lamb

For the first time at Highland, families will be able to purchase an annual pass granting them full access, during regular business hours, to the historic core of the Monroe estate. Monroe’s Farm Friends is the perfect option for families looking for a convenient outdoor space to picnic, play games, and visit farm animals. The pass also provides family admittance to the annual spring sheep shearing event, in addition to other exclusive family activities throughout the year.

A family membership in Monroe’s Farm Friends costs $40 annually and covers an entire household, including two adults and all children 18 years old and younger. Additional adult family members, such as grandparents, can be added to a family membership for an additional cost of $10 per person. Monroe’s Farm Friends members will be issued two family membership cards, children’s activity passports, and souvenirs for the whole family!

To reserve your family membership, visit the museum shop or call us at 434-293-8000.

 The Monticello Neighborhood Pass

The Monticello NeighborhoodMonticello Neighborhood Pass Pass (formerly the Presidents’ Pass) is a discounted combination ticket* for James Monroe’s Highland, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, and the historic Michie Tavern museum (ca. 1784). The ticket is available for purchase at all three Charlottesville-area attractions or online at the Monticello website. Prices include a $6.oo savings for adults!

          • Adults (March through October) – $44.00
          • Adults (November through February) – $37.00
          • Children ages 5-11 (year-round) – $20.00

*Note: While it is possible to visit all three historic sites in one day, the purchase of a Monticello Neighborhood Pass does not guarantee a tour at each participating site that day. We strongly recommend that visitors take note of each site’s operating hours and available tour times before making their arrival.


Pet Policy

James Monroe’s Highland does not permit pets on the property. Leashed service animals, as defined by the ADA, are permitted.