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 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.

Highland is pleased to announce the inclusion of the new Highland augmented reality tour as a permanent offering beginning July 25, 2018. This new tour supplements the existing guided tour. Visitors will witness conversations between individuals experiencing life at Highland in the year 1819, as well as learn about the archaeology and dendrochronology that led to the dramatic reinterpretation of the Highland landscape. A highlight of the new augmented reality tour is the digital rendering of the 1799 Monroe main house, lost to fire after Monroe sold the property. The augmented reality tour is weather dependent. If inclement weather conditions should impact an AR tour, accommodations will be made to ensure a positive experience.

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.

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.

The Full Experience: Guided Tour and Augmented Reality

The Full Experience offers visitors a comprehensive view of James Monroe’s Highland through the guided tour and the new augmented reality experience. Visitors should plan on a minimum of 90 minutes for their visit.

Adults:  $19
Youth (6-11):  $13
Children under 6:  Free
Local:  $13

  • The augmented reality tour is not recommended for children under six.
  • 10% discount for Seniors (60+), Military (Active, Former, and Retired U.S. Military with ID-extended to one accompanying family member), and AAA
  • Local Rate includes residents of Charlottesville and Albemarle, Augusta, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson, Orange, and Rockingham counties)

Self-Guided Discovery and Augmented Reality

Guests can explore the grounds through our newly designed self-guided tour and enjoy the new augmented reality experience. Visitors should plan on a minimum of 40 minutes for their visit.

Adult and Youth:  $13

Special Discounts and Community Members

  • Active U.S. Military and dependents with ID, guided tour only – FREE Memorial Day to Labor Day through Blue Star Museums
    • Can be extended to up to five family members.
    • The augmented reality experience can be added for $7.50 per person.
  • William & Mary (Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni) – Full Experience – $13.00
  • University of Virginia (Students, Faculty, and Staff) – Full Experience – $13.00

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. The augmented reality experience is currently not available for group tours.

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). The augmented reality experience is currently not available for school groups.

Monroe’s Farm Friends Annual Membership

For the first time at Highland, families will be able to purchase an annual membership 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. (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.

 The Monticello Neighborhood Pass

The Monticello Neighborhood 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 $5.oo savings for adults! The Monticello Neighborhood Pass includes a guided tour of Highland. The Highland augmented reality experience may be added to the Monticello Neighborhood Pass for $7.50.

          • 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.