The Retreat


Poplar Forest is open daily from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. December 1 through February 29 and 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. March 1-November 30 for docent-guided or self-guided tours.

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Closed Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and the first two weeks of January.

Admission to Poplar Forest includes a guided house tour—by app or docent (when available)—and self-guided exploration of exhibits in the lower level of the house, the Wing of Offices, the ornamental grounds, the 1857 Slave Dwelling and the Slave Quarter Site.

Please click here to read our visitor guidelines to ensure a pleasant visit.

Ticket Types and Pricing



Seniors (Age 65+),
Military (with ID)


Teen (12–18),
College Students (with ID)


Youth (6–11)




Download the new Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest app before your visit to take a guided tour of the president’s retreat at your own pace. The app is available on both the Apple app store and Google Play store, and features audio tours of the main level of the octagonal villa and the Wing of Offices that can be listened to with headphones or read.

Visitors opting to listen to the app tour are asked to use headphones and encouraged to bring their own.


Interested in visiting Poplar Forest and the National D-Day Memorial? Try the $25 combo ticket that includes admission and tour at both Poplar Forest and the National D-Day Memorial. Call the Poplar Forest Museum Shop for details at 434.534.8120. (Note: D-Day Combo Ticket is not valid for group admissions which must be set up with Mary Massie at or 434.534.8108).


Private tours for groups of any size are available for $40 for adults (age 18+) and $25 for youth (ages 6-17) by scheduling at least 24 hours in advance. If you would like to schedule a private tour, please email Mary Massie, Director of Programs & Education, at

Blue Star Museums

Poplar Forest is proud to participate in the Blue Star Museums program to offer free admission (with ID) to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families.

The 2024 Blue Star Museums program begins on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 18, 2024 and ends on Labor Day, Monday, September 2, 2024. Learn more about Blue Star Museums here.

Explore the tours and exhibits available at Thomas Jefferson's retreat house.

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