For Immediate Release
February 26, 2010
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Melissa Wood (703) 799-5203
MOUNT VERNON, Va. – Historic Mount Vernon’s popular “National Treasure Tour” returns beginning March 1. The tour is dedicated to the behind-the-scenes filming of the blockbuster movie "National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets" at Mount Vernon. Offered daily through December 31, the National Treasure Tour combines Hollywood and history, giving visitors stories about the filming and also information on how the locations were used during George Washington's time. Included in this approximately hour-long walking tour is the Mansion's basement and cornerstone, the setting for a pivotal scene. Fans of the movie will recognize the space as the location where Nicolas Cage's character kidnaps the president. Through October 31, the tour is offered four times daily at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. During the months of November and December, the National Treasure Tour will take place at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. This special tour is limited to 25 visitors per time slot and costs $5 per tour in addition to Estate admission: $15 adults; $14 seniors; $7 children (6-11); free for children 5 & under. Advance tickets are available at MountVernon.org. Please be aware that this is an extensive walking tour that covers steep steps in the Mansion and a walk down a long hill to the wharf.
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Events, programs, and activities are subject to change.
Public Information: 703-780-2000; 703-799-8697 (TDD); Visit.MountVernon.org
Since 1860, over 80 million visitors have made George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens the most popular historic home in America. Through thought-provoking tours, entertaining events, and stimulating educational programs on the Estate and in classrooms across the nation, Mount Vernon strives to preserve George Washington’s place in history as “First in War, First in Peace, and First in the Hearts of His Countrymen.” Mount Vernon is owned and operated by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, America’s oldest national preservation organization, founded in 1853. A picturesque drive to the southern end of the scenic George Washington Memorial Parkway, Mount Vernon is located just 16 miles from the nation’s capital.
Hours of operation: April-August, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; March, September, October, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; November – February, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular admission rates: adults, $15.00; senior citizens, $14.00; children age 6-11, when accompanied by an adult, $7.00; and children under age 5, FREE. Admission fees, restaurant and retail proceeds, along with private donations, support the operation and restoration of Mount Vernon.