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Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate

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Address: 3300 London Rd, Duluth, MN 55804-2010
Phone Number: +1 218-726-8910
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Finished in 1908, this Lake Superior 39-room mansion enjoys a rare, intact...

Finished in 1908, this Lake Superior 39-room mansion enjoys a rare, intact collection of original furnishings and art. Because of that, it closely resembles the days when the Congdon family first occupied it. Truly, it is Duluth's answer to Downton Abbey.

Situated on a wooded lot, the home boasts spectacular views of Lake Superior, as well as, multiple gardens including formal, flower and vegetable. Guests are also encouraged to explore the carriage house, boat house, stone bridge and pier. Children enjoy the pebbled beach for hours of rock skipping while parents take in a sit on one of Adirondack chairs.

Be sure to check out Glensheen as part of your must-do Duluth bucket list.

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Weddinh

Great venue for a wedding. Beautiful grounds. Reception In the mansion very Nice. Unusual room Configuration for wedding seating. Did not flow well.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Stillwater, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great venue for a wedding. Beautiful grounds. Reception In the mansion very Nice. Unusual room Configuration for wedding seating. Did not flow well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Congdon's were way ahead of their time in terms of utilities and amenities. Now that the U of MD has taken it over and there are self-guided tours with docents in each of the areas of the mansion it is a very relaxing and enjoyable journey into a fantastic historical era. Also, the garden is especially good to see... More 

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Lakeville, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It was amazing to look at the "modern" things they had in this 100 plus year old house. We plan to go back soon for the Nook and cranny tour.

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Thank Jos G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Have been coming to Duluth for years but this time it was just my husband and myself. We visited the Glensheen - absolutely amazing! The woodwork, the advancements they enjoyed way back then, really gives you a feel for how the other half lived back then. So glad it was donated to the U of M Duluth. The college kids... More 

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Mankato, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Glensheen is one of my favorite places to visit. I've gone there many times. This year was the first year we did the full tour where the 3rd floor was fully guided and then the 2nd floor, main floor, and basement was self-guided. I did not like this at all. Regardless of how many times I've been on the tour... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I were looking for stuff to do in Duluth, MN. This attraction is a one time visit type of place. It's interesting to hear and see how these people lived so well during horse and buggy times. I ranked it a four because it's unique and interesting, but I probably won't ever visit it again.

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Hull, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We spent a couple hours touring the house and the grounds. A spectacular mansion. Well worth the cost. We had a well informed guide which made it very interesting. I would highly recommend this when you are in Duluth.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We have visited Glensheen on several occasions. It is always a special treat! It is so beautiful and interesting to hear about the history of this magnificent house!

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St. Paul, MN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We did the full house tour. Enjoyed seeing previously "not open to the public" areas. Appreciated the guided part of the tour and also the fact that there were so many docents available throughout the self guided areas.. It's clear much effort has gone into updating and upgrading the experience. I felt almost like an intruder on the grounds...so private... More 

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Kearney, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Beautiful, fully furnished home built in 1908 and lived in until recently. Furnishings are gorgeous, grounds are gorgeous, and you can get a feel for how the upper crust lived in 1908.

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