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If it's your first visit to Mount Vernon, these are the can't-miss sites and activities. We recommend allowing 3 hours or more for your visit. 

Tour the Mansion

Tour the Mansion that George Washington shared with his wife, Martha. We recommend reserving your Mansion tour in advance online, as capacity is limited.

Due to preservation work, some rooms may be off-view during your visit. 

Learn about the Preservation Work

Visit George Washington's Tomb

Observe a moment of silence at the site where George and Martha Washington are buried.

A brief wreath-laying ceremony takes place daily.

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Explore the Grounds

Walk the grounds to visit George Washington's four gardens and more than a dozen historic outbuildings.

An audio tour that covers more than 29 stops on the estate is included with the cost of admission.

Audio Tours

Take the Enslaved People of Mount Vernon Tour

During this one-hour tour, listen to the stories of the enslaved people who built and operated Mount Vernon.

This tour is included with admission. You can also take a self-guided tour using the printed guides in the Ford Orientation Center.

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See George Washington's Terracotta Bust

Visit our museum exhibit, Mount Vernon: The Story of an American Icon, to discover the history of Mount Vernon and its landscape. There, you can see the original bust of Washington, created from a life mask in 1785.

The museum is included with admission.

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Dine at the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant

Taste our signature dishes, such as skillet cornbread, at the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant.

The restaurant serves lunch and dinner. Brunch is served on weekends. Reservations are recommended.

Indoor dining and takeout is available.

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View more things to do at Mount Vernon, and check our calendar of events to find out what's happening on the day of your visit. 

Buy Your Tickets Online

Order online for faster access to the estate.

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Mount Vernon is located in northern Virginia, just a short drive from Washington, D.C.

For more information about things to do in Virginia, visit, the official tourism website for the state of Virginia. You’ll find an overview of each region in Virginia, as well as information about cultural attractions, upcoming events, and where to stay. You can also purchase merchandise featuring the official Virginia slogan, “Virginia is for Lovers.”