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Explore the Museum and Education Center

Visit the Museum and Education Center to view interactive displays, movies and more than 700 Mount Vernon artifacts. Best of all, entry is included with general admission!

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There's so much to see in the Education Center:

  • Life-size models of George Washington at ages 19, 45, and 57
  • George Washington's famous dentures
  • The sword that Washington carried during the French and Indian War
  • A 40-Year Romance, a 10-minute film about the Washington’s courtship and major events in their marriage
  • The Revolutionary War Theater, where the seats rumble and smoke appears during canon fire and snow falls from overhead when the Americans cross the Delaware
  • A reproduction of Martha’s wedding dress and slippers

View historical artifacts in the museum:

  • View Washington’s camp bed from the Revolutionary War.
  • See the clay bust of Washington by French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon, thought to be the most accurate representation of Washington.
  • See Washington's presidential chair that he used throughout his presidency and later in Mount Vernon’s study.
  • See what Washington's table looked like on Thursdays in Philadelphia when Washington and his wife invited congressmen and other government officials to dine with them.
  • View the original dove of peace that crowned the weather vane atop the mansion.

General Washington, Commander in Chief: 4D Revolutionary War Movie

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Visit the Distillery and Gristmill

Visit fully functioning reconstructions of George Washington's Distillery® and Gristmill, located 2.7 miles from the estate’s main entrance. Open daily April 1 through October 31.

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Need a ride? Take our free shuttle from the main Estate to the Distillery & Gristmill. Your general admission ticket is good for attendance on the main historic Estate as well as the Distillery & Gristmill site.

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Did You Miss It Last Time?

Bronze statues of the Washington family in the lobby of the Ford Orientation Center.

The north wall of the New Room (Gavin Ashworth).

Meet George, Martha, and many other costumed interpreters.

Come in the early spring to visit our newborn lambs and many other animals.

Blacksmithing was an important craft activity throughout most of the Washington family's ownership of the Mount Vernon plantation. (MVLA)

In the Orientation Center

  • Watch We Fight to Be Free, a short film that highlights Washington's role in the French and Indian War, his courtship of Martha Washington and the Crossing of the Delaware.
  • Measure up against the life-size bronze statues of the Washington family.
  • See 5 stained glass windows that illustrate scenes from Washington's life.
  • Pick up an Adventure Map for a self-guided, kid-centered tour of the estate.

In the Mansion

  • Sit on the piazza overlooking the Potomac.
  • Take a premium tour of the mansion and visit the cellar and third floor.
  • Touch the handrail of the staircase in the central passage, the same handrail that Washington used.

Have you seen:

  • the key to the Bastille in the central passage, presented to Washington by the Marquis de Lafayette
  • The ceiling motifs in the New Room, that emphasize Washington’s role as a farmer and hopes for America’s strength and peace
  • the portrait of a young Martha Washington in the West Parlor (1874 copy of the original)
  • the Washingtons’ blue and white china in the Dining Room
  • the crib that Martha gifted to her granddaughter Nelly, for Nelly’s firstborn, in the Chintz room
  • the Washingtons' bedchamber and the bed that Washington died in
  • Martha's desk, in which 2 of 3 known personal letters between she and her husband were found
  • the study, where Washington bathed and dressed

Around the Historic Estate

  • Find out if you have what it takes to be one of Washington's spies by playing our free app, Agent 711.
  • Visit George and Martha’s tomb.
  • Attend a wreath laying ceremony at Washington’s tomb.
  • View engravings made by civil war soldiers on the brick of the tomb.
  • Visit the slave memorial that marks the burial ground of slaves who lived at Mount Vernon.
  • Visit the greenhouse slave quarters.
  • Take your dog for a walk on the estate.
  • Take our dog tour, All the President’s Pups (offered on select dates), and approach the house from the west gate to see the view that greeted Washington’s visitors.
  • Take a seasonal specialty tour.
  • Walk the Forest Trail to get a sense of the natural setting of Mount Vernon when George Washington lived here.
  • See the ha-ha walls that surround the estate to prevent farm animals from wandering into the family living area.
  • View two original trees planted by Washington on the bowling green. They date back to 1785.
  • Explore the estate's four gardens, and use the Plant Finder on the Mount Vernon app to learn more about the plants and flowers in bloom.
  • Visit the pioneer farm (April - October).
  • Visit farm animals, including hogs, lambs, and sheep.
  • View a carriage similar to the one that Washington rode.
  • Visit the blacksmith, and watch him him make nails and hooks, available for purchase in the gift shop.

Take a Sightseeing Cruise of the Potomac

See Mount Vernon from a different perspective during this 45-minute narrated sightseeing excursion on the Potomac River. Learn about the river's history and discover how it contributed to Washington's business ventures. Be sure to look for the eagles and osprey that live along the shores.

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Dine at the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant

Savor the flavors of early America at the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant, located just footsteps from the estate. Admission tickets are not required to dine at the Inn.

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