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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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1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Wed - Sat 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

This massive red sandstone mansion was the home of James J. Hill...

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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Awesome tour guide

Wonderful history, detailed architecture, freedom to roam (within range), well preserved and original. Tour guide could answer every question with authenticity.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Don S
Ottawa, Illinois
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Ottawa, Illinois
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Wonderful history, detailed architecture, freedom to roam (within range), well preserved and original. Tour guide could answer every question with authenticity.

Thank Don S
Minot, North Dakota
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were able to take a really excellent guided tour of the house, which is simply but elegantly furnished. If you like historic homes and/or are interested in the history of Minneapolis, this is definitely a good choice on your trip!

Thank Min0tMan
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The house is massive. Not overly opulent, but the scale of the rooms is amazing. well detailed and maintained. excellent docent led tours. amazing views of the river valley. sparsely furnished. top to bottom, thorough guided tours.

Thank 19Monkey66
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54 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've always wanted to do this tour, but somehow never found the time. We went on a Wednesday just after lunch. Tour was an hour and a half, and our tour guide was very knowledgeable. For $10, I felt I got my money's worth. Photography is allowed, as long as you don't use a flash - unusual for a museum.... More 

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Hugo, Minnesota
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156 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

I loved the fact that we were entertained with ghost stories inside this beautiful mansion! I highly recommend to look up mnhs.org to see the calendar of events. The holiday seasons sells out quickly so book far in advance. The ghost stories lasted an hour and then we were guided through some of the rooms while our guide told us... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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57 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

What a great place to visit to see how the 'other half' used to live. What's it like to have all that money and did it buy happiness. I went at night and would like to go during the day too sometime. I went for the Victorian Ghost Stories - which recalls simpler times when there was no TV. Thoroughly... More 

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83 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

You can only visit this mansion with a guided tour which was not a problem as our guide was excellent and knowledgable about the history of the house and the Hill family. We could not have appreciated the amazing and extensive carved wood panels without her guidance. It was fascinating to learn about the heating system, the kitchen and servant... More 

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San Francisco, California
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28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

This place is closed Monday and Tuesday -- but still open enough to charge you $2 to see--absolutely nothing you can't see by stepping inside and peering down the hallway. Don't pay it. If you can't come back when they are open, walk around back to take in the view over the city and then stroll a few blocks down... More 

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South Dakota
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152 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

I toured this property with a friend and an 8 y.o. child. My child wasn't perfect, but was pretty well-behaved. I did my best to make sure she didn't touch anything. The tour guide was patient with my child and engaged her in the tour. She allowed me to handle the discipline, which I appreciated. I enjoy historic homes and... More 

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Mendota, Minnesota
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8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

...and I didn't know the fascinating history--A mansion with 36,000 sq. ft. for Mr. Hill, his wife and 10 children. Finished in 1891 it had running water, flush toilets, central heating, an elaborate security system, an intercom system and electricity. All built by a man who started out at age 17 as a clerk on the St. Paul levee, and... More 

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