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Watch University Guides Kendra Grinnage (CLAS '10), Kyle Mihalcoe (CLAS '09), and Emily Whalen (CLAS '09) give a guided tour of Thomas Jefferson's Rotunda and Academical Village.


All events in the Rotunda must be sponsored by a student CIO, University department or foundation and meet the mission statement of the University.

For reservation information, please contact the Manager of Rotunda Operations, Christine Wells, at 434-924-1019, or fax 434-924-3817.

The Rotunda, PO Box 400305
(1826 University Avenue) Charlottesville, VA 22904

Reservation Form (PDF)
Rotunda Policy

We are currently accepting reservation requests for the Rotunda through May 15, 2014. Please continue to check this web site periodically for updates.

New Rotunda Pilot Programming Schedule for 2013/2014 Academic Year

For the Fall 2013/Spring 2014 academic year, some programming changes are being piloted that designate certain days of the week to certain uses, including extended hours for student study, Provost Class Lab (courses as scheduled by the Registrar’s Office), First Year Dinners and general bookings. View the weekly schedule and other information.

Rotunda Hours and Information

The Rotunda is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. The entrance is on the south (Lawn) side: Lower Level for wheelchair accessibility and elevator access, or Upper Level through the glass doors at the top of the South Steps. View visitor parking information and Central Grounds map. For more information about visiting the Rotunda, please call 434-924-7969.

Historical tours are offered free of charge and meet daily at 10 am, 11 am, 2 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm in the Rotunda’s Lower East Oval Room. During the academic school year, one hour tours are given by the volunteer, student-run University Guide Service and include both the Rotunda and the Academical Village. During the summer, the Rotunda Student Guards provide 30 minute tours of the Rotunda’s interior.

No reservations are required for smaller groups. Groups of 15 or more may request a tour from the University Guide Service. Foreign language brochures are offered at the Rotunda and, with advance notice during the academic year, foreign language guides may be available. Rotunda tours are wheelchair accessible and interpreters for the hearing impaired are available with advance notice.

Admission tours are also available. Call 434-982-3200 for more information.
No historical tours will be offered: 

  • October 12 - 15, 2013
  • November 27 - December 1, 2013
  • December 7, 2013 - January 12, 2014
  • March 8 - 16, 2014
  • April 30 - May 18, 2014

The Rotunda will be closed:

  • November 28, 2013
  • December 23, 2013 - January 1, 2014
  • May 18, 2014

The Rotunda will remain open to the public (9 am to 5 pm), but with limited access during Board of Visitors meetings:

  • September 19 - 20, 2013
  • November 14 - 15, 2013
  • February 20 - 21, 2014

Update on Rotunda Renovation Project and Impact on Reservations Process

The Dome Room and all interior spaces are now fully operational. The exterior work will continue through early Fall 2013 although the timeline may be extended if any unexpected complications arise.

The next two-year phase of construction is projected to begin after graduation in late May 2014. We anticipate the Rotunda will be off-line fully or partially from late May 2014 through Summer 2016.

We are currently accepting reservation requests for the Rotunda, including the Dome Room, through May 15, 2014. Please continue to check this web site periodically for updates.

For more information on the Rotunda renovation project, please visit