Mansion Tours

Length of Tour

Mansion tours last 15-25 minutes, depending on the number of guests each day. Tours may be abbreviated during our busiest periods, March through June and on federal holidays.

If you are visiting during our busy season and would like to spend more time in the mansion, we recommend our premium mansion tour.

Premium Mansion Tours

Mansion Tour Times

When you purchase your ticket online, you will be asked to choose a time for your Mansion tour. This is the time at which you can enter the line for the Mansion. There may be a short wait before your tour. 

If you miss your tour time, please talk to the guest services staff at the line.

Wheelchair Accessibility

Please note that only the first floor of the Mansion is wheelchair accessible.

Prohibited Items in the Mansion

To help us preserve the Mansion, the following are not allowed inside:

  • Dogs
  • Strollers (these may be parked outside of the Mansion)
  • Gum
  • Uncapped bottles of water

Planning Your Day

There's so much to see and do at Mount Vernon that guests can easily spend three hours or more here. Visit our "What to See" page to view the estimated duration of each attraction on the estate.

If you'd like to explore at a more leisurely pace, please consider becoming a member to receive free daytime admission for one year.

Late arrival? If you buy your admission at the gate within one hour of closing, we will validate your ticket so that you can come back the next day for free. 


Photography is encouraged throughout the grounds.

Please note that photography is not permitted inside the Mansion or the museum.

To share your photos, we encourage you to tag us on Instagram and Twitter as #mountvernon.

What to Bring

  • Comfortable shoes, as there are dirt paths and some uneven walkways
  • An umbrella, if the weather forecast calls for rain, as guests must walk outdoors to access the Mansion and outbuildings
  • Bottled water, especially on hot days; no other outside food or drink is permitted
  • A dog leash, if visiting the estate with your dog; learn more about bringing your dog to Mount Vernon

What Not to Bring

  • Bags larger than 16x16x8 inches
  • Outside food or drink (except water)
  • Weapons/firearms

All bags are subject to inspection.

View all prohibited items

For Families

Things to Do with Kids

Mount Vernon has many activities for kids, including a free adventure app that allows them to explore the estate as Revolutionary War Spies.

Activities for Kids


Strollers are permitted on the grounds but cannot be taken inside the Mansion. Strollers may be parked outside of the Mansion prior to your tour.

Mother's Nursing Room

A Mother’s Nursing Room is available for nursing mothers near the exit desk in the Education Center. Please ask staff for assistance.

Food Options

The Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant

Enjoy sit-down service at the Mount Vernon Inn, which offers brunch (weekends only), lunch and dinner. Reservations are recommended during our busy periods and can be made by phone or online.

Learn More About the Inn

Mount Vernon Food Court Pavilion

For a quick bite to eat, visit our food court, where you can purchase pizza, burgers, sandwiches and more. Seating is provided in the pavilion.

Learn More About the Food Court

Shuttle Service

Shuttle service is available to the Pioneer Farm & Wharf, as well as to George Washington's Distillery and Gristmill. Shuttle service is included with admission.

Learn More


Wheelchair Rentals (Free)

Standard, non-motorized wheelchairs and wheeled walkers are available free of charge inside the Ford Orientation Center on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tour Devices for Guests Who Are Blind, Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Small handheld devices provide tour content for guests who are blind or have low vision, and for guests who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Learn More

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