Admission

How much is general admission?

Admission ticket prices are available on our Plan Your Visit page.

What is included with general admission?

General admission includes a guided tour inside of the Mansion, and access to the historic area, outbuildings, and museums. Admission also includes the Distillery & Gristmill (open from April 1 – October 31).

Can I walk the grounds without paying admission?

No. Admission is required for entry onto the grounds. The Mount Vernon Inn restaurant, The Shops at Mount Vernon and the food court are open to the public without a ticket.

Do I need to purchase tickets in advance?

We recommend that you purchase your tickets online in advance. When you buy online, you are able to choose the time at which you enter the Mansion line. Guests who purchase tickets at the window are assigned the next available tour and may include a wait.

Advance purchase also allows you to skip the line at the gate so that you can enter the estate more quickly.

Can I buy tickets over the phone?

Yes. Please call (703) 780-2000.

How do I know if you are sold out?

Tickets are always available for daytime admission. If you do not see tickets at your desired time, look for a time slot later in the day.

Do you have a two-day pass?

While we do not offer two-day passes, guests can become Mount Vernon members. Membership includes free daytime admission for one year.

If I have purchased tickets online, can I change the date or time of my visit?

We can usually accommodate requests for changes that are made in advance. Please call (703) 780-2000 or email tickets@mountvernon.org.

Do I need to print out my tickets?

No, you can show the barcode on your phone or mobile device.

Do you offer gift cards?

Yes. Gift cards can be purchased on our website.

Discounts

I have a National Park Pass. Is Mount Vernon included?

No, Mount Vernon is not part of the National Park System; park passes are not valid for admission. Mount Vernon is owned and maintained in trust for the people of the United States by the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association of the Union, founded in 1853.

Do you offer AAA or AARP discounts?

No, we do not offer these discounts.

Do you offer free admission for employees of other museums or federal government employees?

Mount Vernon offers half-price tickets for employees of historic homes or museums (with identification). We do not offer discounts for federal government employees or law enforcement. Please call (703) 780-2000 or email tickets@mountvernon.org to request tickets.

Do you offer teacher discounts?

Discounts for educators are available when visiting as part of a student group.

Do you offer military discounts?

Yes, military discounts are available on-site and online if you register on ID.me. Purple Heart recipients receive free admission.

Planning Your Day

How much time should I spend at Mount Vernon?

There's so much to see and do at Mount Vernon. We recommend guests spend three hours or more here. View our sample itineraries to plan your day based on the time that you have available and your interests.

What if I arrive just before closing?

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.

When is the best time of year to visit? 

Every season has its benefits and drawbacks. During the spring, our gardens are in full bloom, and we often have newborn lambs on the estate. However, spring is also our busiest time of year. During the summer, the Pioneer Farm is active with 18th-century demonstrations, and visitors can cool off with sightseeing cruises on the Potomac. In the fall, we see milder weather, lighter crowds, and beautiful autumn colors. While it can be a bit chilly during the winter, the estate is most peaceful during this time period.

Getting to Mount Vernon

How can I get to Mount Vernon?

Mount Vernon can be reached by public transportation, car, taxi, rideshare, boat, tour bus, or bike. Please see our Directions page for details.

Why is my GPS unable to locate Mount Vernon, VA 22121?

Older GPS devices may not have the address in their database. You may use the address for the U.S. Post Office that is located across the street from the estate (3500 Mt Vernon Memorial Hwy, Alexandria, VA, 22309).

Is parking free?

Yes.

Navigating the Estate

How far is the entrance from the parking lot?

The entrance is a five to eight-minute walk depending on which parking lot you park in. It is an additional five to eight-minute walk to the Mansion. Visitors with mobility issues may be dropped off in the traffic circle.

Can I have a printable visitor map?

Maps are available inside the Orientation Center where you enter the estate. You can also use www.mountvernon.org/explorer on your phone.

Large-print maps are available upon request at the Orientation Center.

Is the estate easy to navigate?

Although the 18th-century pathways in the historic area can be uneven, there is an accessible path linking the Mansion, Ford Orientation Center, and the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center.

Accessible paths are highlighted on our estate map, available in the Ford Orientation Center.

Other areas of the estate can be challenging to those with mobility issues.

Is there a shuttle?

A shuttle (with lift) runs continuously between the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center and the Pioneer Farm (April–October). The shuttle is included with admission. There is also a shuttle to and from our reconstructed Distillery and Gristmill.

Do you have wheelchairs and electric scooters?

Standard, non-motorized wheelchairs and wheeled walkers are available free of charge inside the Ford Orientation Center on a first-come, first-served basis. Electric scooters are not available.

What to Bring

What should I 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 historic area
  • Bottled water, especially on hot days; no other outside food or drink is permitted
  • Sunscreen
  • A dog leash, if you will be visiting the estate with your dog. Learn more about bringing your dog to Mount Vernon.
  • Strollers are welcome on the estate but cannot be taken inside the Mansion. Strollers may be parked outside of the Mansion prior to your tour.

Can I bring my dog?

Yes, leashed dogs are allowed on the property, but they cannot enter the Mansion. Please see our Dog Visitation Policy.

Are strollers allowed?

Yes, but they may not be taken into the Mansion. They may be parked outside of the Mansion prior to your tour.

Which items are prohibited?

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

All bags are subject to inspection. View the complete list of prohibited items.

Can I bring outside food or drink on the estate?

Outside food and drink other than bottled water are prohibited on the estate. If you would like to bring bagged lunches, tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis in front of the Shops at Mount Vernon.

Food is available for purchase at the food court and the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant.

Can you store my luggage?

We can store your luggage in our gatehouse, which is located near the curb by the main entrance. Ask a Guest Services associate for assistance.

Mansion Tour

Do I need to purchase a separate ticket for the Mansion tour?

The standard Mansion tour is included with your general admission ticket. If you would like an extended tour of the Mansion, please purchase an in-depth estate tour.

How long is the Mansion tour?

The length of the Mansion tour depends on the number of guests who visit the estate. Tours generally last 15-25 minutes. For a longer experience, please purchase an in-depth estate tour.

At what time can I tour the Mansion?

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. Regardless of your tour time, your general admission ticket to explore the rest of the estate is good for the entire day. 

If you purchase your ticket at the gate, your Mansion tour time will be assigned at the time of purchase.

Missed your tour time? Please talk to the guest services staff at the Mansion line. They will make every effort to accommodate you.

Where is the Mansion tour line?

The Mansion tour line is located next to the upper garden. It is about a quarter of a mile from the Ford Orientation Center.

Should I enter the Mansion tour line early?

No. You should plan to arrive at the Mansion tour line at the time printed on your ticket.

However, you should arrive at the main entrance of the estate at least 30 minutes prior to your tour.

What should I do if there is a long wait for my Mansion tour?

During your visit, you can take a self-guided tour of the grounds, gardens, and museums. On average, guests spend about 4 hours at Mount Vernon. View our itineraries for assistance in planning your day.

What items are prohibited in the Mansion?

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

Is the Mansion wheelchair accessible?

Only the first floor of the Mansion is wheelchair accessible.

What services do you offer for those who are deaf or hard of hearing?

Live Transcribe is available for the Mansion tour, upon request.

ASL tours of the Mansion and other primary learning sites usually can be arranged with two weeks advance notice.

Specialty Tours

What are specialty tours?

Specialty tours provide additional information about a particular subject. They generally require an additional fee, although the Enslaved People of Mount Vernon tour is available at no cost.

Our specialty tours can be viewed here. They are also listed in the daily events calendar.

Where do I meet my tour guide?

All specialty tours meet at the Mansion Circle in front of the “Tours Meet Here” sign.

Can I take more than one specialty tour?

You can book as many as your day allows. Please be aware that tours are about an hour-long, and you should allow for 15 minutes between tours.

Are tours available 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.

Audio tours are available through the Podcatcher app that can be downloaded to a personal device.

Live Transcribe is available for the Mansion tour, upon request.

ASL tours of the Mansion and other primary learning sites usually can be arranged with two weeks advance notice.

Groups & Group Discounts

Do you have special rates for homeschool groups?

Yes. View our rates for student groups.

Can I hold my military ceremony at Mount Vernon?

Yes. Please view our military ceremony policy.

Can my school perform at Mount Vernon?

Mount Vernon does allow performances by school groups and other organizations. Please view our musical performance policy.

Guest Services

Is there a nursing room for mothers?

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

How do I contact your lost and found department?

Please fill out our lost and found form or email lostandfound@mountvernon.org.

Additional Questions?

Contact us at 703.780.2000 or at questions@mountvernon.org.

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