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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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History and opulence

Walking down the grand staircase gave one the real feeling of what it must have been like to be one of the Hill daughters. It is truly impressive in both size and opulence.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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Saint Paul
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Walking down the grand staircase gave one the real feeling of what it must have been like to be one of the Hill daughters. It is truly impressive in both size and opulence.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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52 reviews 52 reviews
8 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Well-led tours (MN Historical Society representatives). Beautifully preserved home which is continually well-managed by the MN Historical Society. Would recommend a little online research before going - to help you understand the large influence James J. Hill and his family had on shaping commerce here in Minnesota and throughout the western states (Great Northern Railroad). Great stories of the everyday... More 

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Bismarck, North Dakota
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

From the pipe organ to the kitchen, there is so much to see here and to learn. Even our young grandchildren were fascinated by the place. Hill is a very interesting man to hear about.

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Dresser, Wisconsin
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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

The history of James J Hill's influence on the growth of St Paul and the expansion of the railroad is, in itself, well worth exploring. The home on Ramsey Hill is a close-up experience of what life was like for this family. Small group tours, reasonably priced, and well-informed tour guides make this a worthwhile stop. Plan to spend about... More 

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Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The house is beyond beautiful with the most gorgeous stairway! Good information for history buffs as well as architectural geeks. The tour guides are great and you are not rushed through. Very neat to see!

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River Falls, Wisconsin
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

This was one if the most beautiful houses I have ever seen. I really enjoyed the tour, tickets were reasonable priced, and very educational for people of all ages.

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Rosemount, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

It was all dressed up for Christmas! What a beautiful house. I liked the beauty of the Christmas decorations!

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Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Must see for a history buff. Gorgeous woodwork. Great tour guide as well. Interesting story of this large family.

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Cottage Grove, Minnesota
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78 reviews 78 reviews
18 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

The tour was really first rate, our tour guide was very educated about the history of the home and family. For such a huge home, I was surprised at how much of the home we were able to see. The tour took 1 hour and 15 minutes and we moved pretty quickly. I have been on some tours where it... More 

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Miami, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

This is a massive house to tour. It displays the wealth as well as the thrift still of some of the wealthiest people of the time. Hill was ahead of his time with engineering the house and the tour talks about the construction and the life of the house. Very interesting to take visitors to and showcase MN roots. Well... More 

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