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James J Hill House

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Address: 240 Summit Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102
Phone Number: +1 651-297-2555
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Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wed - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Rugged stone, massive scale, fine detail and ingenious mechanical systems...

Rugged stone, massive scale, fine detail and ingenious mechanical systems recall the powerful presence of James J. Hill, builder of the Great Northern Railway. Guides lead tours that help you imagine family and servant life in the Gilded Age mansion, the setting of the public and private lives of the Hill family. The James J. Hill House is a National Historic Landmark.

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a must to see

this was a great place to meander about and be educated about the Hill family and how they lived. summit avenue is a wonderful historic place to visit !!!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Palm Coast, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

this was a great place to meander about and be educated about the Hill family and how they lived. summit avenue is a wonderful historic place to visit !!!

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Rowan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We began our tour late in the day. The tours run 75 minutes. The house is massive, 36,000 square feet, but has a more family feel than some "great houses." Hills did have ten children. He was a quintessential robber baron from the gilded age and he wanted his house to impress. Much of the first floor woodwork is highly... More 

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Ames, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My 68 HS students were amazed at the grand house with the beautiful woodwork. The three tour guides were all very knowledgable and made the tour interesting. My favorite room is the laundry room. Very advanced for the time. i find something different to see every time I go.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I do recommend going to the house to see a bit of history, and hear the stories. I was a bit disappointed that there was so little furniture in the building. I was told they only want to use the actual furnishings, not reproductions, and that furniture is hard to find as the decendants took it out many years ago.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved touring the mansion. I gave 5 stars because it is such an amazing piece of history but I would give less for the actual tour. I wish they would've taken more time in the rooms and I feel like we skipped over some rooms that have been restored. I also kind of wish I had a different tour guide... More 

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Dubuque, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to a special halloween victorian ghost stories night, and it was very entertaining. We got a tour of the house but abbreviated from the regular tour because it was later at night. I will definitely go back for a regular tour, but will wait a few years to see how far they have come along in the renovations.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

History, characters, stories and more makes this a delightful tour. The period pieces of furniture will delight the history buff. The story of how Minneapolis/St. Paul started will come alive. Do go!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took the tour of the house. Gave a good feel of the area and one of its prominent citizens. Not a fan of much of the history of these barons, but it was all well done. If you love the old houses, don't miss this one.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016 via mobile

My girlfriend and I were the only two people on our tour at 12:30, so it was a very personal experience to take the tour here! It was fun to learn about one of the richest men in the state (at the time) and how he made his money, as well as tour his beautiful mansion, that had been constructed... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

My husband and I attended a chamber concert here, after which we were given an abbreviated private tour. The concert was absolutely wonderful and the tour was fascinating. Such stunning craftsmanship throughout the home, the likes of which simply can't be found in today's homes. Well worth a visit and I'd highly recommend taking in a concert or event while... More 

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