Tours

Please note: general admission is required for add-on tours.

National Treasure Tour

60 MINUTES | $7 per person

AVAILABLE Daily MARCH-DECEMBER, TIMES VARY.

Go behind-the-scenes of the blockbuster movie "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" at Mount Vernon. This popular tour combines Hollywood and history, giving visitors stories about the filming and information on how the locations were used during Washington's time.

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Dinner for the Washingtons Tour

60 MINUTES | $7 per person

AVAILABLE Saturday-Sunday, April-November 26, 11AM

Ever wonder what the Washingtons ate for dinner? Go behind-the-scenes to see how food was stored, who prepared it, and how it was served before the era of microwaves.

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Through My Eyes Character Tour

45 MINUTES | $7 PER PERSON

AVAILABLE Saturday-Sunday, March-November, TIMES VARY

Step back in time for an immersive experience and experience Mount Vernon through the eyes of the people who knew George Washington best.

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Premium Mansion Tour

60 MINUTES | $15 PER PERSON

AVAILABLE DAILY, TIMES VARY.

Walk through all levels of the Mansion in this personalized, guided exploration of the Washington’s beloved home, including areas not normally open to guests such as the third floor and the basement.

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Private Tours

Go behind the scenes with your personal expert tour guide for an in-depth tour customized to your interest and schedule.

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Activities

All activities are free with admission.

Music of the Revolution

45 MINUTES | FREE

AVAILABLE Friday & Saturday, 10:30AM & 2:30PM; Tuesday-Thursday, 2:30 PM

Learn about some of the musicians who played music on the front lines of the American Revolution and examine replicas of 18th-century uniforms, books, and sheet music from our Resident Fifer.

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Tribute at the Tomb

20-30 MINUTES | FREE

AVAILABLE Daily, April-October, 10AM & 3PM, November-March, 12PM

Mount Vernon welcomes those who wish to pay their respect to the Father of our Country to honor George Washington by participating in a brief wreath-laying ceremony at the Washingtons' Tomb.

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Meet Martha Washington

FREE

AVAILABLE Friday-Sunday, 12:30PM-3:30PM

 An actress portraying Martha Washington will regale you with tales of what it was like being married to our first president, hosting guests at Mount Vernon, living in the eighteenth century - and much more!

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A-Dressing the Nation

45 MINUTES | FREE

AVAILABLE Friday-Sunday, September-November 19, 11AM

Explore the fashions of 18th-century "polite society" to which the Washingtons belonged and how the styles changed during their lifetime.

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Meet People from Washington's World

30 Minutes | FREE

AVAILABLE Daily at 2PM & 3PM

Character interpreters portraying Washington's granddaughter, personal physician, enslaved manservant and others will give you a first-person narrative of life with the Father of Our Country.

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Lives Bound Together Exhibition

Open all day | FREE

Available October 1, 2016 - September 30, 2019

Explore the personal stories of the people enslaved at Mount Vernon while providing insight into George Washington’s evolving opposition to slavery.

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Special Activities for Children

FREE

AVAILABLE Daily, Times & Programming Vary

Mount Vernon's youngest visitors can make crafts and play games while learning about the Father of our Country! Children learn the same themes and ideas presented in the programming at Mount Vernon by participating in hands-on activities.

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Seasonal Tours & Activities

Christmas at Mount Vernon

FREE

AVAILABLE November 24 - January 6

The holidays are full of delight at George Washington’s estate. Tour a holiday configuration of the Mansion and Estate, watch historic chocolate-making demonstrations, meet Aladdin the Camel, and more.

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Sightseeing Cruise

45 MINUTES | Adults $11, Children $7

AVAILABLE Seasonally, please check calendar for availability.

See George Washington’s Mount Vernon from a different perspective during this 45-minute narrated sightseeing excursion on the Potomac River.

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Tour Washington's Distillery® and Gristmill

Free with General admission or $5

AVAILABLE April 1 through October 31, 10 AM - 5 PM 

Come see the mighty gears turning and the stones grinding at our Gristmill, where Washington produced flour and cornmeal. And within our functioning distillery, you can see where we make George Washington's whiskey.

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The Enslaved People of Mount Vernon

60 MINUTES | $4 per person

AVAILABLE Daily, February-March, 11:30AM, April-October, 10AM & 2PM.

This guided tour highlights the lives and contributions of the enslaved people who built and operated Mount Vernon. Listen to their stories and learn more about their daily life on the estate.

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Tribute at the Slave Memorial

FREE

Daily, February-March, 12:45PM and April-October, 11:15AM & 3:15PM

Commemorate the community of the enslaved people who lived and worked at Mount Vernon during a special wreath-laying presentation.

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Gardens & Groves Tour

60 MINUTES | $4 per person

AVAILABLE Daily, April-October, 11AM

Explore beautiful gardens that combine form and function, see 18th-century trees that have stood the test of time, and discover the carefully crafted landscape that George Washington wanted you to experience.

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All the President's Pups Walking Tour

45 MINUTES | $7 per person

AVAILABLE Saturdays, April-June & September-October, 10AM

Bring your dog along for this 1.25-mile walking tour and explore canine life at Mount Vernon, from the first president’s dogs to the dogs that live at the estate today.

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Women of Mount Vernon Tour

45 MINUTES | $7 PER PERSON

AVAILABLE June - October

Learn about some of the incredible women who lived and worked here in George Washington's time as well as the women who came later to Mount Vernon and were instrumental in saving and preserving Washington's beloved home.

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Wheat Treading Demonstrations

FREE

AVAILABLE Daily, July-October, 10:30AM, 11AM, 1PM, 3PM

See an innovation of George Washington's own design in action as horses tread wheat in the 16-sided barn!

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Plan Your Visit

Visit the home of America's first president, George Washington, just a short drive from Washington, DC. There's something for every interest at Mount Vernon.

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