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James J Hill House

240 Summit Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102
651-297-2555
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Ranked #8 of 54 Attractions in Saint Paul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Outdoors
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: This massive red sandstone mansion was the home of James J. Hill, builder of the Great Northern...
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Type: Historic Sites, Outdoors
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Wed - Sat 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Owner description: This massive red sandstone mansion was the home of James J. Hill, builder of the Great Northern Railway, and is a fine representation of life during the Gilded Age.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I did the Holiday tour where actors take you through the house as servants. I was expecting a dry historical tour, but I got a delightful surprise. The actors were excellent, it was almost like walking through a Downton Abbey episode with real history about the Hill household. The house and the history are fascinating.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Our family got a guided tour by Carol Reed and she was fantastic! The Hill House is spectacular and Carol really knew her material. We totally enjoyed ourselves and learned a lot!

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Lots of wood carving, look at the home life of James Hill, founder of the Great Northwest Railroad. Home is 36,000 sq.ft., dark inside but tour guide, Bev, did a great job with her knowledge of the house and family with some humor.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Set on the hill next to St Pauls Cathedral this Mansion is an impressive piece of work. Large and imposing from the outside it is opulent and luxurious inside. The tours seem to be every 30 minutes or so and the guides really know their stuff. You get to see most floors and rooms in the house and understand about... More 

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Blaine, Minnesota
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

The tour of the James J. Hill House was interesting. We learned a lot about the Hill family and how life was like in St. Paul many years ago. Next summer we want to go on the Nooks & Crannies tour at the James J. Hill House where we can tour some other of their off-limits rooms.

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minnesota
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

This is a very fun place to visit,House has some cool features and architecture, very knowledgable tour staff and in a really cool area of the city. Also has a neat Art gallery that should take time to go and see.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

A lot of history is at this place. Beauty is right there in the design and uniqueness for it's time in St. Paul's history. It is located in an historic setting with views of the city, State Capital and the St. Paul Cathedral all close. Many things to see in this area.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

I wish they still built things like this today. Need to see it to believe it. If you are not into architecture and history this is not for you but all of the homes in this area are outstanding and an amazing street to drive down

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Houston, Texas
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Visited over a weekend- this one is located right across from the St. Paul Cathedral. The tour of this magnificent house is provided by Minneapolis Historical society- lasts usually 75-90 minutes. Almost amazing to think this house kept up with technology for the time it was built (surveillance, gas and electric heating), with secret doors for keeping valuables in dining... More 

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Bethesda, MD
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Our guide basically read from a script which was mostly trivia of no particular importance to me. She had a microphone, and speaker that rested on her chest, but was almost always facing away or perpendicular to the group. I have very good hearing, but much of her dialogue was lost in the noise of the street. You would think... More 

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