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Glensheen Estate

3300 London Road, Duluth, MN 55804
+1 218-726-8910
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Ranked #7 of 45 attractions in Duluth
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: Finished in 1908, this Lake Superior 39-room mansion enjoys a rare, intact collection of original furnishings and art. Because of that, it closely... more » Owner description: Finished in 1908, this Lake Superior 39-room mansion enjoys a rare, intact collection of original furnishings and art. Because of that, it closely resembles the days when the Congdon family first occupied it. Truly, it is Duluth's answer to Downton Abbey. Situated on a wooded lot, the home boasts spectacular views of Lake Superior, as well as, multiple gardens including formal, flower and vegetable. Guests are also encouraged to explore the carriage house, boat house, stone bridge and pier. Children enjoy the pebbled beach for hours of rock skipping while parents take in a sit on one of Adirondack chairs. Be sure to check out Glensheen as part of your must-do Duluth bucket list. « less
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Columbia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

We have been on several house and mansion tours, and this proved to be one of our favorites. Not only is the setting beautiful, but the house is truly amazing with unique features. Our tour guide was excellent providing interesting information about the place itself as well as the original occupants. Also, he was able to answer questions group members... More

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Thunder Bay, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

I have been wanting to tour the mansion for many many years, Finally on a nice weekend away with my Dad and my daughter, we went, I was over the moon with excitment, after reading so much of the history pertaining to the Glensheen mansion, and Congdon Family. Every room amazed me.. I would love to go on a unguided... More

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Edina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

A tour of Glensheen is a must for any trip to Duluth. If you love history, architecture or design you will be happy on the tour.

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Duluth, MN
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Chester Congdon lived in this house! The tour is very informative and the grounds are amazing. Seeing how they lived--a book written about the murder of Mrs. Congdon, in the house, by the prosecutors is a must read. John DeSanto and Mark Rubin.

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Northern Minnesota
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48 reviews 48 reviews
30 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

We love visiting Glensheen and have taken our kids as well, and they highly enjoyed it (ages 8, 10, 12). We gave them some background history on the family and murder prior to going, and that really kept them curious as we toured. The home and grounds are beautiful and immaculately kept up. I feel that the entry prices are... More

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Glensheen, Manager at Glensheen Estate, responded to this review

We love it when children come to the estate and enjoy the tour. They often enjoy looking for the hundreds of carved pineapples in the woodwork and get caught up in the story of the Congdons. I want to acknowledge your comment that the tickets are on the expensive side. We hear you. We wish we could open the house... More

Minnesota, USA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Beautiful house; beautiful grounds. A must-see, especially if you love architecture! Take the time for photos outside with the beautiful Lake Superior view.

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Minnesota City, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We took the Flashlight tour and it was scary and amazing! I had never seen the mansion in total darkness before. Def adds to the experience!

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Glensheen, Manager at Glensheen Estate, responded to this review

How wonderful that the darkness of our Flashlight Tour added to your experience in this magnificent mansion! So glad you enjoyed it and thanks for sharing your positive review. More

Mankato, Minnesota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Firstly, the ticket prices are ridiculously high AND there are boxes all over the house begging for donations. Between the tour prices and what they must charge for weddings/events, why do they need donations on top of that? While the entryway and a few of the rooms were very cool, some of it was almost tacky. $45 for a family... More

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Glensheen, Manager at Glensheen Estate, responded to this review

I'm sorry you weren't delighted with your Glensheen tour. Most of our guests truly enjoy themselves here at the lakeside estate and marvel in our rare, intact 1908 collection of items. Our ticket price, along with the funds collected in our donation jars, go to the upkeep of the 39-room mansion and 7 acres. Our working garden supplies 2.5 tons... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

I chose the extended tour and it was well worth it. The time flew by, but I didn't feel like the tour guide was rushing at all. Live, interested tour guides really made the difference for me. I hate it that many places have moved to the recordings - I'll happily pay for the person who will answer specific questions... More

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Glensheen, Manager at Glensheen Estate, responded to this review

We're so glad you enjoyed the extended tour! The third floor is beloved for its rare and intact Arts & Crafts furnishings from the early 1900s. Thank you for sharing your good experience. More

Oakdale, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

The history and architecture were shared by an awesome tour guide. Third time here and NEXT time we are going to spend the extra few dollars for the extended tour. We wou.ld have loved to do a flashlight tour also

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