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James J Hill House

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Address: 240 Summit Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102
Phone Number: 16512972555
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Sun 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Wed - Sat 10:00 am - 3:30 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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Informative and entertaining

We visited St.Paul Cathedral, JJ Hill house and took Summit Avenue tour. Of the three i liked the house visit the least interesting, most likely because we were already tired. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Tristan L
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Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited St.Paul Cathedral, JJ Hill house and took Summit Avenue tour. Of the three i liked the house visit the least interesting, most likely because we were already tired. The tour guide was very professional and understanding. It is a grand old house but new with all the bells and whistles of the time including electricity. It is like... More 

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Hardwick, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The James J Hill House is a beautiful mansion located down the street from St. Paul's Cathedral. It is along the lines of the Newport RI mansions, but designed for the year round living. It is the most impressive of many large mansions located on Summit Ave in St. Paul. The house and this history of Mr. Hill are intertwined... More 

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Mankato, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This stately home is a must see if you like historic buildings. Built by the railroad tycoon, it is the largest home on Summit Avenue, a street known for old mansions. The docents always do a great job (I've done this tour several times with school groups). It is located directly across from the Cathedral of St. Paul, another awesome... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I had forgotten how much of an impact James J Hill had on the economy because I have heard more about JP Morgan, Rockerfellers, etc.. First it is $10 a person to enter (teachers are free which saved me $20 for wife and daughter). Nice property grounds and what was interesting was the security system that was built into the... More 

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Thank Mark S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This house was recommended to us as a must-see while we were in St Paul for a wedding. We knew nothing about Mr. Hill beforehand, but our guide was engaging, knowledgable, and quite enjoyable to be with. This house was built with modern conveniences, those that no one else in that time period would have imagined having. Indoor plumbing, central... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great historical tour with knowledgeable tour guide. We had family visiting and we decided to take a tour. It was very informative and the house is beautiful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was one of Largest Home in its Golden days in Minnesota. It was built for the Railway Tycoon James J Hill. We were in this house to attend a Opera performances on July 9 2016. The Marriage of Figaro by the local Opera society. Each scene was performed in different parts of this Grand Home. The home is wall... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A beautiful home that offers a great look into history. If you are in the St. Paul area, this should be on your list of things to see. Even if you do not take a tour, walk by and enjoy the architecture.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we go to at least one home tour in every city we visit,this tour is definitely worth it. our docent was cindy. she was delightful. lots of good facts and details without the strained attempts at humor some guides insist on providing. the history of the house and james hill gave a good history of the citiy itself and the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I live in a historic house. We give tours. This is a passion of mine. That being said, I had high expectations from this place that just weren't met. You start off finding out that many tours are sold out, so buy tickets online ahead of time. There were a couple public rooms to kill time, or you could wander... More 

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