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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
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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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Finally visited the famous Glensheen Mansion!

We have been in Duluth many times and never stopped at the Glensheen Mansion until recently.. I will be honest, I was curious about the well known murders that happened there... read more

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Tracy R
Maple Plain, Minnesota
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Maple Plain, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We have been in Duluth many times and never stopped at the Glensheen Mansion until recently.. I will be honest, I was curious about the well known murders that happened there.. When we finally had time to tour the mansion I was very surprised. First of all, it is an incredible home. The tour guides are very knowledgeable about the... More 

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Alexandria, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

95 % original !!! awesome woodwork and ceiling/wall coverings, so much history here..neat to see how the upper class lived !! ground are also gorgeous! well worth the money !!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a lovely property, most interesting because the original furnishings are all on view. Tour guides are knowledgeable but don't discuss the murder of Elizabeth Congdon by her adopted daughter. Take time to explore the gardens and grounds, and to watch the hour-long movie in the carriage house.

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was my 4 time to visit. I was there shortly after it opened for visitors and each time the tours get better !! Well worth the money. They now offer different types of tours. If going you may want to reserve ahead of time for any of the special tours. We took the general one because of not making... More 

Thank Lyn R
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

What a beautiful estate: yes, it takes a lot of money to be able to create something like this. But it also takes an eclectic taste and a lot of sophistication. And Chester A. Congdon had plenty of those. The house reminds me of the Conrad-Caldwell house in Louisivlle, KY. The same amount of attention to detail, the same eclectic... More 

Thank Oliver S
Duluth, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

During the summer months, Glensheen hosts Concerts on the Pier. The historic grounds are opened up (FOR FREE) to people of all ages while various musicians and bands play on the pier overlooking Lake Superior. With spectators in kayaks, sailboats, camp chairs, and lawn blankets the atmosphere is unbeatable and the event is one of a kind!

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Marshalltown, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have driven by many times on my way up to the north shore and finally stopped. We took the basic tour for $15, but they also offer pricier ones that allowed more mansion access. You can also wander the beautiful grounds at your leisure. The mansion is gorgeous, and has all original furnishings. Do some research on line ahead... More 

Thank Dee D
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are in Duluth a stop by the Glensheen Mansion is a must. This property gives an extensive tour with a house full of original early 1900's furniture and family collections. I've toured loads of historic houses and found this one so impressive. You'll also find amazing collections of Minnesota designed furniture, including arts and crafts style, stained glass... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was always intrigued by Glensheen Mansion and we were able to tour this year. Tour priced was not too pricey and tour guide gave us allot of information on the mansion. Unbelievable mansion that was built in early 1900’s. After touring mansion walking the beautiful and well keep grounds was worth the walk.

Thank Randy N
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Please do yourself a favor and do not miss this elegant mansion. The 90 minute tours are reasonably priced and our tour guide was excellent. This home was also the site of some murders, which they do not mention on the tour. They do sell a book at the gift shop though, "Will or Murder"by Gail Feichtinger, about them. I... More 

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