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James J Hill House

240 Summit Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102
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Ranked #9 of 62 attractions in Saint Paul
Type: Historic Sites
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Traveler Description: The James J. Hill Mansion is a rugged stone, massive scale, fine detail, and ingenious mechanical systems recall the powerful presence of James J... more »
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English first
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

My family, which includes 4 teenagers, all really enjoyed this tour. The home is spectacular. It was impressive to hear about the 1890's "state of the art" aspects of the home. The home is very beautiful and the tour did a great job of imparting knowledge while keeping the tour moving. Gives a great snapshot of another (bygone) era.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Take the time and take the tour! Look back into area history and hear the story. This was a great tour to take my older children on, but also a great weekend date event. Enjoyable and overlooks St. Paul.

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N Saint Paul
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48 reviews 48 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Not sure what the cost of the tour was we, are Minnesota Historical Members. The tour was very well done and the house is unbelievable. Our tour guide talked a little fast, but was very knowledgeable. I would make it a stop on a visit to St. Paul it took about 1 hour and 20 minutes. I had my two... More

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Denver, Colorado
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187 reviews 187 reviews
43 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Huge 36,000 square foot house toured with a docent who was very knowledgeable and made the tour interesting sharing her knowledge of the house, its occupants and its serving staff. Takes a good hours which begins in a sitting room (was formerly the music room). Lots of rooms, lots of history, very good guide and some good views from the... More

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Scotts, Michigan
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Hill's home is a very unique architectural style, Richardsonian Romanesque, while most people in Midwest communities were embracing the Victorian style. There were many fun items found throughout the house, as Hill demanded a safe haven for his family while he tended to business. The docent was very knowledgeable but the tour felt rushed. I would have enjoyed the woodwork... More

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St Paul MN
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

the staff doing tours at the beautiful JJHill House are always excellent, and no two tours are the same. You learn about the "help" as well as the Hill family and their house. I love to bring visitor from out of town here.

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Sydney, Australia
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250 attraction reviews
174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

A lovely family home on a very grand scale. Located behind the Cathedral, you can do both in an afternoon. The tour is excellent with poignant family stories bringing it all to life.

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Stewartville, Minnesota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Before going to the James J Hill house I knew next to nothing about James J Hill. Was a fascinating tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and funny. We even got to hear the organ played by Larry. Fantastic! The only thing I would've liked better was if we could've spent more time in each room to look around. The... More

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Helena, Montana, USA
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84 reviews 84 reviews
23 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

This place is impressive! The history and architecture are so amazing. This is well-worth your time to visit and take the tour. So well preserved and beautiful.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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58 reviews 58 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

The guided tour of the mansion is highly recommended. The guide was very knowledgeable -- I was not able to stump her on a single question and I asked a lot. In fact we ran behind schedule because so many people in our group were fascinated and asked many questions. The guide was kind enough to take plenty of time... More

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