- Meet George Washington
- Visit His Estate
- Support His Vision
- Educational Resources
Meet people from Washington's world around the Historic Area daily and meet "Lady Washington" in the Interpretive Center (schedules vary, included in general admission).
Offered January 23 - March 15, 2013 at 2 p.m. daily
Go behind the scenes during your guided exploration of the Mansion to see areas not normally open to guests, including the third floor (where Martha Washington retired after the death of her husband in 1799) and the basement! The Signature Tour is limited to 25 guests per tour and costs $5 per person, in addition to general admission.
National Treasure Tour
The National Treasure Tour is an hour-long walking tour that includes behind-the-scenes information about areas where “National Treasure: Book of Secrets” filming took place and how these locations were used during George Washington’s time. Offered daily at 9:30 a.m. (except in March), 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m., March - October, the National Treasure Tour is limited to 25 guests at a time and costs $5 per person, in addition to general admission. Guests under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Garden and Landscape Tour
The Garden and Landscape Tour is a 30-minute guided walking tours that examine Washington's brilliant design for the grounds at Mount Vernon. Visit the gardens he created, see some of the original trees that are still standing, and learn how he merged areas for work and leisure to create a master plan for his beloved home. Offered at 11:00 a.m. every day, April – October. This tour is free with general admission.
Slave Life Tour
The Slave Life Tour is a 30-minute guided walking tours that highlights the lives and contributions of the enslaved community who built and operated the plantation home of George and Martha Washington. Offered daily at 2 p.m., April – October, and daily at 12 p.m. in February. This tour is free with general admission.
Mount Vernon in the Civil War
Situated along the Potomac River on the border between Union and Confederate states, George Washington’s iconic home and its 19th-century caretakers experienced first-hand, the direct effects of a nation divided. As the newly-formed Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association struggled to protect and preserve this historic landmark, soldiers and civilians from both north and south continued to visit in droves to honor an American hero – one that all could agree on. In observance of the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War, we invite guests to learn about the rich history associated with Mount Vernon during this nation-changing conflict. Offered on weekends at 3:30 p.m., April - October, this one-hour walking tour is limited to 30 guests per group and costs $5 per person, in addition to general admission.
Dinner for the Washingtons
Did you ever wonder what George Washington ate for dinner? The Dinner for the Washingtons walking tour goes behind-the-scenes to find out how food was prepared and served before the era of microwaves and TV dinners. This one-hour walking tour showcases food, hospitality, and dining at Mount Vernon by taking an in-depth look at locations around the Estate, including the Mansion's basement. The tour will end in Mount Vernon’s greenhouse with a special tasting. Offered on weekends at 12 p.m., April - October, this one-hour walking tour is limited to 30 guests per group and costs $5 per person, in addition to general admission.
Character-led Walking Tour: Through My Eyes
Step back in time for a 45-minutes immersive experience. Join people from Washington's world, like his granddaughter, personal secretary, or farm managers, as they go about their daily activities, making several stops along the way. Offered weekends, April 1 - October 31 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person, in addition to general admission.