Hours of Operation

Open daily, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Welcome Back to Highland

In July and August, Highland will offer outdoor visits of the historic property, along with guided history walks available at designated times throughout the day. 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 remain closed to visitors at this time.

Admission to Highland includes:

  • Guided history walks of the historic property at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.
  • Access to exterior spaces including gardens and lawns, with exterior views of 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 $10 per person, with no discounts or special offers. Children under six are admitted for free.



Behind the Scenes at Highland

In this exclusive guided tour for small groups, guests will experience the Highland outdoors and interior exhibit spaces while under development. This is a unique opportunity to see the 1818 Presidential Guesthouse as it is re-curated, with the guidance of Highland’s Council of Descendant Advisors, into 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 will bring to light how Highland is a lens for understanding early American history and its present-day legacies. Tours are available by reservation only and are available in July and August on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 9:30 a.m.

Participants will take a guided tour that includes:

  • An outdoor overview of Highland
  • An inside behind the scenes look at the re-curation in-process
  • Self-guided exploration of the grounds and in the museum shop
  • A takeaway paper brochure with a map and facts about the property 

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.


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

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.

COVID-19 Precautions

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 no longer required at Highland. Hand sanitizer stations are found in the Museum Shop and in front of the main restrooms.

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.