Hours of Operation
Through October: Open daily, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Starting November: Open daily, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
General Admission Ticket
General admission to Highland includes entry to new interior exhibits in the 1818 Guesthouse and exploration of outdoor spaces.
Highland’s new interior exhibits are designed as a self-guided experience that weaves the story of Highland’s free and enslaved residents into the same narrative. Focusing on Monroe’s presidential years, the exhibits show how Highland is a lens for understanding early American history and its present-day legacies. Feel free to explore the Guesthouse, as well as Highland’s exterior spaces, at your own pace.
If you plan to explore the Guesthouse exhibit spaces, we ask that you stay close to your chosen group, and maintain social distancing from other visitors. Face masks are required when visiting the interior exhibit spaces.
Exploration of Outdoor Spaces
General Admission Ticket-holders are free to explore the site at their own pace. In addition to the 1818 Guesthouse interiors, the Highland property offers the time and space for unhurried, physically-distanced exploration.
- Self-guided tour of exterior spaces including gardens and lawns, with exterior views of dependency buildings, and a focus on the landscapes of the historic property
- A takeaway paper brochure with a map and facts about the property
- A scavenger hunt for children and families
Admission is $16 per adult (discounted online price: $15), $12 for youth aged 7-12, and children six and under are admitted for free.
Private Guided Tour
In this exclusive guided visit for small groups, guests will experience Highland accompanied by a guide. The visit includes outdoor spaces and the 1818 Guesthouse. This is a unique opportunity to see the 1818 Guesthouse after its re-curation, with the guidance of Highland’s Council of Descendant Advisors, before the site opens to the public at 10 a.m.
The new exhibits are designed as a self-guided experience that weaves the story of Highland’s free and enslaved residents into one narrative. Focusing on Monroe’s presidential years, the exhibits show how Highland is a lens for understanding early American history and its present-day legacies. Tours are available by reservation only and are available on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
This private guided tour includes:
- A guided visit of outdoor spaces with an introduction to historic Highland
- Self-guided exploration of the re-curated Guesthouse exhibits accompanied by a guide before Highland opens to the public
- Further self-guided exploration of the outdoors with a takeaway paper brochure with a map and facts about the property
Private tours are available by reservation only. Admission is $150 per group, with no discounts or special offers. Each tour time may accommodate one group, consisting of up to six guests from the same household. Face masks are required when visiting the interior exhibit spaces.
Highland’s historic core is open and inviting, and offers a healthful experience in a historic setting. The exterior spaces are appropriate for walking, picnics, and self-directed exploration. Face masks are required in all interior spaces, and when visiting exterior spaces when six feet of social distancing cannot be maintained. Hand sanitizer stations are found in the Museum Shop and in front of the main restrooms.
Blue Star Museum Program
Highland is proud to participate in the Blue Star Museum program. Active United States Military personnel and up to five dependents will receive FREE general admission from Armed Forces Day to Labor Day. There is no need to register in advance to take advantage of this offer. Please present a valid U.S. Military ID upon arrival for admission.
Highland Rustic Trails
The Highland Rustic Trails are open to the public and free of charge. The trails are open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (the property gate is locked at 5:15 p.m.). For more information visit https://highland.org/plan-your-visit/highland-trails/.
Planning a Group Visit?
Monroe’s Farm Friends Annual Membership
Families may purchase an annual membership granting them full access, during regular business hours, to the historic core of Highland. 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 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.
James Monroe’s Highland does not permit pets on the property. Leashed service animals, as defined by the ADA, are permitted.