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James J Hill House

Address: 240 Summit Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102
Phone Number: 651-297-2555
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Ranked #9 of 50 Attractions in Saint Paul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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, Sights & Landmarks
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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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
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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72 reviews 72 reviews
18 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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Paris, France
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4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

We toured the James J Hill house. It was very interesting and helped us better understand the history of Mn. What was disapointed was that the only language offered for the tours was English. If your english is not good, you will not understand too much. Pre recorded tours in foreign languages should be available.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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106 reviews 106 reviews
26 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

After attending a fabulous Don Irwin piano concert in the art gallery, the historical society staff gave us a guided tour (evening) of the home. The concert price included refreshments and the tour. The guide was very informative and pleasant. We got a real 'feel' of what it was like to live in the home in the evening, as the... More 

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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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52 reviews 52 reviews
15 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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151 reviews 151 reviews
52 attraction reviews
282 helpful votes 282 helpful votes
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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