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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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Great Way to spend Summer Afternoon

When the summer sky is gray and about to rain, visiting the Hill House is an excellent tour. Circulating fans and thick walls create a sense of what it was like to live at the top... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

When the summer sky is gray and about to rain, visiting the Hill House is an excellent tour. Circulating fans and thick walls create a sense of what it was like to live at the top of the city in a different era. Truly historic, excellent tour. So insightful in a way that helps explain the St. Paul of today,... More 

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Charleston, West Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Everything great... Guide Bev did a wonderful job...would have liked a little more time to entertain questions. Didn't get to watch the video they had for us..time constraints....

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

We learned a lot about the Hill family while touring the house and admiring its opulence and grandeur. Our guide was very knowledgeable and shared intriguing stories and anecdotes about the family and the construction of the house. Because they were between exhibits in the art gallery, we were treated to a mini organ concert instead, which I enjoyed greatly.... More 

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Dunnellon, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

The Hill House is a must see attraction in Minneapolis. Our tour lasted nearly two hours and was conducted by a very knowledgeable guide ( Beverly I believe). The house tour includes many restored rooms and some Hill family furniture pieces and artifacts. Allow about two hours.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

A truly gorgeous home in a beautiful area of St. Paul with lots of history! Enjoyed a tour with our informative and engaging guide, Mark.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Beautiful historical railroad baron's mansion. Property of the Minnesota historical society. You get a true taste of the golden age.

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Chaska, Minnesota
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Great tour, amazing house. Do NOT take children under 10 years old as the tour is 60-90 minutes long and there are many delicate pieces that are not to be touched. Great views, great information on St. Paul's history and the Hill Family.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

This was an interesting tour but it was very annoying for the guide to constantly say "this can be seen on the nooks and crannies tour" I understand she wanted to sell this but Nooks & Crannies tours are offered June-August so it was a bit annoying to repeatable hear about something unatainable

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Saint Paul
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10 helpful votes 10 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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10 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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