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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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Wed - Sat 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

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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We took our four kids here and I couldn't believe the experience. We walked through with a guide and I think we were all blown away. The history and architecture was amazing... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Kathleen K
Rosemount, Minnesota
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Rosemount, Minnesota
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We took our four kids here and I couldn't believe the experience. We walked through with a guide and I think we were all blown away. The history and architecture was amazing. Three of our kids are from MI but were equaling in awe. All of the kids were teens.

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Jordan, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This a an excellent historic home with lots of original woodwork & history. It's nice to drive around and look at the other gems along this historic avenue.

Thank MnMotherMary
Shakopee, Minnesota
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been to this amazing house many times and still am impressed with it's grandeur. You can just feel the history of days gone by...my only regret is that they don't do the tours in the dress of the time. It would add so much if Mrs. Hill took you through her home, maybe have the Master of the... More 

Thank texsota1614
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I visited with my 11 year old daughter as part of her summer history homework. After enjoying dinner nearby we attended the Nooks and Cranny tour with a costume docent. We got to explore all levels of the house and hear wonderful stories of the time when the Hill family live there. Highly recommend this for middle school age children... More 

Thank 743leslieg
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682 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 236 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This house was impressive but not so much as to be inaccessible, meaning I could see myself living here were as I couldn't at Versailles. The house is very warm and inviting from the red stone exterior to the paneled interiors. What really made the house come alive were the excellent guides who took us through the house and were... More 

Thank tradIndy
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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129 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This site is accessible by the #21 bus. Just cross the street at the Saint Paul Cathedral, and walk through parking lot and cross one more time. EXPECT a lot of walking. Good Tour.

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Jaffrey, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

J J Hill was a giant in his lifetime. Known as the Empire Builder for his perseverance in building the Great Northern Railroad across the top of our national map, he built his house to match. This Peabody and Stearns colossus dominates its end of Summit Ave., almost balancing the Cathedral across the street in visual weight. One wing of... More 

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Rochester, MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Wonderful tour of the house owned by the man who built the Great Northern Railway. The tour depicts what it was like to ready the house for the holidays. Actors and actresses, in period costume, give us a glimpse into the Golden Age. All portrayals are gleaned from the personal diaries, correspondence and newspaper articles of the day, and from... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Our tour guide, Carol, was terrific! The tour is interesting, perfectly paced, historical and nice for all ages. There is free parking on the street, and the tour is reasonably priced. Before and after the tour you can drive Summit Ave. and Grand Ave. too in St. Paul which is nice as well. Definitely a nice thing to do for... More 

Thank dallastraveler213
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Besides several grand pianos they even had church organ in one of the rooms. Worth to visit this house and check out how rich people and they staff used to live and work. Before you visit check if they have tours. Usually in the winter time they don't offer tours by itself. You would need to instead purchase tickets for... More 

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