Tours and Tickets

Aerial of Highland estate

Hours of Operation

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Thursday through Sunday
CLOSED Monday through Wednesday

Welcome Back to Highland

In its initial reopening post-COVID, Highland offers outdoor visits of its historic property. Guests will view building exteriors and outdoor landscapes of the property that was home to James Monroe, his family, and enslaved men, women, and children. Monroe’s Presidential Guesthouse interiors are not open to visitors at this time. 

Admission to Highland includes: 

  • Access to exterior spaces including gardens and lawns, with exterior views of buildings, and a focus on the landscapes of the historic property
  • A staffed outdoor Interpretation Station for interactive learning about Highland’s history and themed topics*  
  • A takeaway paper brochure with a map and facts about the property 
  • A scavenger hunt for children and families 

 *Please note that there will be no guided tours or access to Presidential Guesthouse interiors during the initial post-COVID opening, which begins August 6, 2020. Live interpretation by Highland staff is limited to an outdoor Interpretation Station.  

The Highland Rustic Trails are again open to the public and free of charge beginning August 6. Hours are limited to historic site hours of 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. To ensure the departure of all trail users by the time gates are locked at 4:15 p.m., trail users are asked to register at the outdoor ticket station. 

Admission is $8 per person, with no discounts or special offers. VISA and Mastercard accepted. Children under six are admitted for free. *Please note that all sales are final.

Monroe’s Farm Friends visit for free with their Farm Friends pass for entry.

Active U.S. Military and up to five dependents are free from Armed Forces Day to Labor Day through Blue Star Museums. There is no need to register in advance, simply present a valid U.S. Military ID upon arrival.


Highland’s historic core and rustic trails are open and inviting, and offer a healthful experience in a historic setting. The historic core exterior spaces are appropriate for walking, picnics, and self-directed exploration. While exploring Highland, guests must maintain at least six feet of physical distance from others. Face masks are required for any enclosed spaces, such as the museum shop. Hand sanitizer stations are found in the Museum Shop and in front of the main restrooms.  

Guests are requested to purchase tickets online for admission to the property. Upon arrival guests will display the registration confirmation email at a no-touch and low-contact ticket station outside the Museum Shop. To avoid any need for indoor transactions, please have your confirmation email printed or readily available on your mobile device upon arrival.  

Highland’s limited hours of operation during this period are from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Thursday through Sunday. Because the driveway gates are locked at 4:15 p.m., all guests must leave the property promptly at closing. 

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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. (The guided tour and augmented reality experience are not included in the Monroe’s Farm Friends Membership.)

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.

Pet Policy

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