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Specialty Tours offered at James Madison’s Montpelier

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Montpelier Introduces New Specialty Tours!

Visitors can now enjoy three new specialty tours that will be offered daily and include visits to the mansion, as well as to less traveled locations such as the mansion cellars, Mr. Madison’s Temple, and Montpelier’s special collection galleris. Discover a new Montpelier today!

General admission ticket price for the Signature tour is $18 at the Gift Shop.  The Inn on Poplar Hill offers Discount Tickets for $16.  This special ticket also offers a 10% discount in the museum store.  The Specialty Tours are an additional $2.

  • Signature Mansion Tour: 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m, and 4:00 p.m.
  • Meet the Madison’s  Semi-Private Behind the Scenes Tour Thursday-Sunday at 9 a.m. (48-hour advance notice required) and is $45/person. Reservations Required

New Specialty Tours


“Madison and the Constitution”
Freedom, democracy, and the ideas that inspired a nation and changed the world come alive in this tour featuring the life and career of James Madison, Father of the Constitution, as well as the political philosophies and debates embodied in the U.S. Constitution. Gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the “spirit” not just the “letter” of the America’s greatest document.

The Constitution Tour: 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

“The Mere Distinction of Colour”
The most taboo subject in American history, slavery is a great paradox of America, a slave-holding nation that declared to the world that “all men are created equal.” Learn about the historical establishment of slavery in America, the enslaved individuals who lived at Montpelier, and James Madison’s personal struggles over the institution.

Madison and Slavery Tour: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

“The Women of Montpelier”
From Montpelier’s first matron Frances Madison to the dynamic Dolley and the indomitable Marion duPont Scott, this tour introduces the diverse, dynamic, and strong women—enslaved and free—who founded, farmed, managed, and maintained the Montpelier estate while pushing the boundaries of their circumscribed lives.

Women of Montpelier Tour: 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.


As always, you are invited to enjoy Montpelier’s everyday offerings: guided tours of James and Dolley Madison’s beloved home, our archaeology lab full of artifacts, museum exhibits, and grounds galore for walking, picnicking, and exploration – open year round, at no cost.

Participation in the specialty tours is limited to 25 guests Contact the Museum Shop at  540.672.2728 x 141 to confirm there is availability of the specialty tours


Inn on Poplar Hill

278 Caroline Street Orange, VA 22960 540-672-6840


Well behaved, supervised children are welcome. We have a large selection of games and other distractions to keep them busy. We do ask that you let us know in advance if you plan on bringing young ones with you. The Magnolia room is the best choice for a family room. It has a King Bed and a matching twin with a hidden trundle bed. We charge $25 per night for each additional guest. Please note, unsupervised children will be given a cookie and a free kitten.