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James J Hill House

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Address: 240 Summit Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102
Phone Number: 651-297-2555
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10:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Wed - Sat 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: This massive red sandstone mansion was the home of James J. Hill, builder...
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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Take a walk through time.

What an amazing house! See how the rich and successful lived at the end of the 19th century. Original or authentic period pieces fill the home. The home was one of the first to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

What an amazing house! See how the rich and successful lived at the end of the 19th century. Original or authentic period pieces fill the home. The home was one of the first to use electric lighting (although the fixtures were also set up for gas lighting as a precaution). Amazingly, the home had an electric burglar alarm installed in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The tour of this historic mansion was a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable. He showed us cool details of the home, like the hidden silverware vault, and answered lots of questions. The James J. Hill House is operated by the Minnesota Historical Society.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

James J Hill House is full of new interesting facts about James J Hill, his family, his business, and history in general. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and the tour guide was outstanding, answering any/all questions.

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Vancouver, BC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

this is a 30,000 sq ft house built in the late 1800s. It has numerous rooms, maid notification system, electricity, etc. We received a tour for u$18 per person. The tour is about 1.5 hours. We enjoyed and learnt a lot about (rich) life in those days. Beyond being amazed, it is an entertaining way to learn about the history... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesoat
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Take the tour and learn about one of the great railroad barons. The house is opulant and practical at the same time. It's a great place to start a Summit Avenue tour.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Beautiful house with lots of unique engineering aspects. Although the home is sparsely furnished, the tour provided historical insight into the western railroad expansion. Educationally, my teen son discovered a real life application of the Sherman Act. The home is also located very close to the Cathedral of St. Paul.

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Eagan, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Interesting look into the past. Historical look into the rise of railroad in the Midwest. The family history was quite interesting

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Beautiful old house--seemed like a "shell". Very little furniture, furnishings or artwork. We have toured old homes around the U.S. and world. This tour was a bit of a disappointment. I have to believe the MN Historical Society has some period furniture they could put in there so visitors could get more of a feel of life in that era.

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Prior Lake, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

My daughter and I went on the 2:30 tour... Beverly was a great tour guide! What a beautiful home! The tour lasted an hour and 30 minutes, and I did feel rushed in some of the rooms... I would have loved another 15 minutes to really study some of the pictures and take in the breathtaking views from every window!... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

I learned about this attraction from Tony, the friendly Guide I met during my visit of St Paul Cathedral. Due to time constraints, I decided to just take pictures of this mansion from its fence as I walked along the Summit Avenue. Perhaps, I would tour it next time I'm back in the Twin Cities since there are many attractions... More 

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