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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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1:00 pm - 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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The Best of the Best on Summit Avenue

Walked through parts of the house after a walking tour of many mansions along the nearby streets. I'm not an art buff but I was impressed by the details of the building.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Walked through parts of the house after a walking tour of many mansions along the nearby streets. I'm not an art buff but I was impressed by the details of the building.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

If you want to understand the history of St. Paul, this should be your first stop. Mr. Hill was the midwest's version of Vanderbilt, Ford or Rockefeller. Spectacular house that was built ahead of it's time.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

The house is fascinating - so far ahead in technology for the time it was built. And it's gorgeous! This was an easy light rail ride for us from downtown Minneapolis. Definitely worth the trip. Our tour guide was great as well. Highly recommended.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

We wandered the grounds, and went on the Summit Avenue Walking Tour, which originates from the James J Hill House. We didn't have time for the tour of the home, which you need reservations for, but we enjoyed the walking tour, and the surrounding neighborhood. It's worth a visit!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Found this tour on Trip Advisor. Well worth the effort to find. It is located in a beautiful neighborhood in St Paul. The house was built in the early 1900's by the founder of the Great Northern Railroad. The tour covered most of the 36,000 square foot home and too a little over an hour. We had a charming tour... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Very nice tour of one of the most expensive houses built in Minnesota at the time by railroad owner James J Hill. Good tour with tour guide who knew a lot about the house and the Hill family history. Tour included a short movie. Well worth a visit if you are in the St. Paul area and have the time... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

As a non-native Minnesotan, I had heard of James J. Hill but didn't have a lot of background. Touring the house was a fabulous way to learn a bit more about him, as well as to see how he and his family lived. The house was amazing - the historical society has done an incredible job of renovating and restoring... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Tour was very informative! Not everything was available for us to see as they haven't finished restoring everything, but our tour guide did a great job of telling the story, sharing the history, and explaining how culture of that era played a role. We hope to make it back for the nooks and crannies tour sometime.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

The James J Hill house is stunning. The tour is well worth it. There are different tours throughout the year. The organ room is amazing, and if you go there for events, someone will play it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

This home of the former railroad magnate is now owned by the Minnesota Historical Society. Sitting across from the Cathedral of St. Paul at the start of historic Summit Street, you should save this jewel for the end of your Summit Street tour. The exterior can be enjoyed for free, but there is a cost to tour the interior of... More 

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Additional Information about James J Hill House

Address: Address: 240 Summit Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102
Phone Number: 651-297-2555
Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Saint Paul
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

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