WE'RE GOING BACK TO 1987!
In celebration of 25 years as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, we're going back to 1987 ticket prices for 5 days December:
Individual General Admission prices are $5 from December 7 - December 11, 2012!
December 7, 2012 – December 11, 2012
All tickets $5 - Children under 6 freeTours Subject to Availability
Reservations can be made by calling (434) 984-9880
Advance tickets can be purchased online at www.monticello.org
Offer good for individual, general admission tickets only; not applicable to group tours. Special offer must be used during the dates of December 7 – December 11, 2012.
Not applicable to any special tours, premium ticketed events, workshops
or programming. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer.
25 years ago, Monticello and the University of Virginia’s Academical Village were together named a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Thomas Jefferson, third president, philosopher, scientist, historian,
and author of the Declaration of the Independence, helped establish the
foundations of self-government and individual freedom we know today.
Jefferson’s words—the Declaration and his more than 19,000 letters—and
his architecture—including Monticello and the University of Virginia—
provide a lens for scholars and visitors today to view the beginnings of
In December 1987, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee recognized the
significance of Jefferson’s architecture and its importance for future
generations. During its 11th session in 1987, the UNESCO World Heritage
Committee met for five days in Paris, France, to examine more than 60
prospective World Heritage Sites.
considered each site and took account of the recommendations of the
International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and the
International Union of the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources
(IUCN). At the end of the meeting the committee announced the inclusion
of 41 cultural and natural properties on the World Heritage List—among
them was the world’s longest human-made structure—the Great Wall of
China; the ancient Acropolis in Athens, Greece; the city of Venice and
its lagoon; the Roman City of Bath in the United Kingdom; and Thomas
Jefferson’s Monticello and the University of Virginia’s Academical
The World Heritage Sites were chosen because they “represent a
masterpiece of human creative genius” and “exhibit an important
interchange of human values.” Monticello is the only U.S. presidential
and private home on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The designation’s
“Statement of Significance” details Thomas Jefferson’s architectural
ingenuity and use of neo-classical elements in creating both Monticello
and the University of Virginia. The committee also took note of how
Jefferson’s architecture symbolizes the ideals of the enlightenment and
the awareness of Monticello’s natural surroundings in its construction.
A self-taught architect, Jefferson referred to Monticello as his
“essay in architecture,” and construction continued on the mountaintop
for forty years. The final product is a unique blend of beauty and
function that combines the best elements of the ancient and old worlds
with a fresh American perspective.
In 1782, the Marquis de Chastellux visited the “first” Monticello and
wrote a brief description of it for his Travels in North America:
My object in giving these details is not to describe the house,
but to prove that it resembles none of the others seen in this country;
so that it may be said that Mr. Jefferson is the first American who has
consulted the Fine Arts to know how he should shelter himself from the
Jefferson designed Monticello after ancient and Renaissance models,
and in particular after the work of Italian architect Andrea Palladio.
In location—a frontier mountaintop—and in design—a Renaissance
villa—Monticello was intentionally a far cry from the other American
homes of its day.
“On the world’s stage, Monticello symbolizes how Jefferson took
Enlightenment ideals about the rights of man and crafted them into a new
nation introducing self-government, liberty and human equality. As the
creator of both Monticello and the Declaration of Independence, he
introduced world-changing ideas which have given hope to people
everywhere,” said Leslie Greene Bowman, President and CEO of the Thomas
Jefferson Foundation. “It’s no coincidence that every year on
Independence Day, we recognize Jefferson’s authorship of our nation’s
birth certificate and naturalize a class of new citizens, very
thoughtfully, on the steps of Monticello.”
About the University of Virginia
Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia in 1819. He
considered the founding of the University to be one of his greatest
achievements and what he called “the Hobby of my old age.”
Jefferson designed the Academical Village, a terraced green space
surrounded by residential and academic buildings, gardens, and the
majestic center-point—the Rotunda. The most recognizable symbol of the
University, the Rotunda stands at the north end of the Lawn and is half
the height and width of the Pantheon in Rome, which was the primary
inspiration for the building.
Read Monticello & U.Va.’s UNESCO World Heritage Statement of Significance