We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

James J. Hill House

240 Summit Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102-2194
+1 651-297-2555
Website
Share
Save
Review Highlights
Well worth the visit

The house is more than amazing, and it was great fun to see how the other "half" used to live... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
SteveMirn
,
Fort Collins, Colorado
St Paul must see

This is a wonderful old mansion built by one of our 19th century industrialists, James J. Hill. He... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
sc0x
,
Portland, Oregon
Read all 430 reviews
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
More
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. The home also includes an art gallery, which features work from the Minnesota Historical Society's collections.
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good26%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
Open Now
Hours
Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
LOCATION
240 Summit Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102-2194
CONTACT
Website
+1 651-297-2555
Write a ReviewReviews (430)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
All reviews
"hill family"
in 41 reviews
"historical society"
in 36 reviews
"nooks and crannies"
in 19 reviews
"downton abbey"
in 10 reviews
"laundry room"
in 8 reviews
"beautiful mansion"
in 7 reviews
"our tour guide"
in 26 reviews
"amazing home"
in 8 reviews
"gilded age"
in 16 reviews
"grand home"
in 6 reviews
"old mansion"
in 6 reviews
"interesting house"
in 6 reviews
"music room"
in 6 reviews
"square feet"
in 8 reviews
"art gallery"
in 13 reviews
"great tour"
in 22 reviews
"original furnishings"
in 5 reviews
Filter

1 - 10 of 425 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago

The house is more than amazing, and it was great fun to see how the other "half" used to live. It's hard to imagine such wealth, but the Hills did it right in the Gilded Age. The tour was very much worth the time and...More

Thank SteveMirn
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a wonderful old mansion built by one of our 19th century industrialists, James J. Hill. He was the "Empire Builder" of the Great Northern Railroad. The house is on a river bluff above the Mississippi and has a great view out over the...More

Thank sc0x
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was impressed with the state of preservation of this historic house. Our tour guide was very well prepared, and the size of our tour group was quite reasonable. I recommend a visit to this interesting house.

Thank Daniel S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
See more reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed the tour, very knowledgeable guide. Went with friends who have lived in St. Paul a long time, we finally made it here. Bought tickets online, really no need to do that, walk-ins appear to be what the house is used to doing. Historically significant...More

Thank TeddyP300
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I had hoped to take the first tour of the day, but arrived a few minutes late. They let us join the 2 other people in it. Peg, the tour guide was amazing and because we were a small group, we were...More

Thank cb-StLouis
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I were initially disappointed that guided tours were unavailable on Sundays but what we got was even better. Incredibly skilled historical experts were placed throughout the home to answer any questions we may have - and I had a lot. These people...More

1  Thank David10_1960
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed April 29, 2018 via mobile

Tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable and provided a very thorough tour of the home, with all the historical facts you could want. The home has a lot of authentic pictures and furniture to really help imagine what it looked like and how the family lived.

Thank Courey
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed April 14, 2018

If you like craftsmanship and innovation, you will love this tour. I've read some of the comments about the house being dark, but that is because they are keeping it as true to the period as possible and haven't put in alot of extra modern...More

Thank C S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed April 8, 2018

My wife and I attended a tour of this house after a suggestion from a member of the historical society. You can attend a tour, make reservations for a minimal cost. Amazing to see how this historical home was built and all the features which...More

Thank wcrs23
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed April 7, 2018

We visited the Jamrs J, Hill house on a Sunday afternoon with our grandchild. It was fun and informative

Thank kerry55
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 16 hotels in Saint Paul
Holiday Inn St Paul Downtown
334 reviews
.29 miles away
Hampton Inn and Suites Downtown St. Paul
329 reviews
.31 miles away
Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge
471 reviews
.47 miles away
The Saint Paul Hotel
782 reviews
.63 miles away
Nearby Restaurants
Cossetta's Italian Market & Pizzeria
1,339 reviews
.26 miles away
Red Cow
445 reviews
.40 miles away
Moscow on the Hill
396 reviews
.35 miles away
Downtowner Woodfire Grill
261 reviews
.25 miles away
Nearby Attractions
Cathedral of Saint Paul
846 reviews
.10 miles away
Science Museum of Minnesota
992 reviews
.54 miles away
Minnesota History Center
515 reviews
.36 miles away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Tamara D
February 17, 2018|
AnswerShow all 9 answers
Response from Louise C | Reviewed this property |
No. We bought our tickets online because of the special concert at Christmas.
0
Votes
Robert M
October 14, 2017|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from Carol-Ann B | Reviewed this property |
You'd have to contact them.
0
Votes
Jeff P
September 19, 2016|
AnswerShow all 10 answers
Response from Kpaul1205 | Reviewed this property |
Hello, The Holiday Inn Downtown St. Paul is close by the JJ Hill House. It is about a 12 minute walk or less than 5 minute car ride. I haven't been to the Holiday Inn in several years but I'm assuming it is still nice... More
1
Vote
;