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James J Hill House

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Address: 240 Summit Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102-2194
Phone Number: 16512972555
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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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Terrific Old House Tour

Nutshell: Worth every penny and an hour of an old house lovers' time. Hubs and I loved seeing this old beauty. Nicely done, one hour long house tour shows the details and history... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Ciudad Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Nutshell: Worth every penny and an hour of an old house lovers' time. Hubs and I loved seeing this old beauty. Nicely done, one hour long house tour shows the details and history of a mansion that looks as though you've stepped back in time. Only $10 per person makes this a must see for historic house enthusiasts. Close to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It's right across from the St. Paul Cathedral (separate review) and if magnificent grace and what money could buy in the Gilded Age are of interest to you, it's worth every minute of your time. Only three rooms and the Art Gallery were open on the day we visited but it gave us enough of a glimpse to want to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We took tour of the huge house filled with original furniture, a pipe organ, and artwork. Seeing the way people lived then, the servants area, and the beautiful woods used throughout the house was enjoyable. Not for young children, but we saw several school groups there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The original cost of this house built over a 120 years ago cost almost a million to build and once you've toured it you will see why. The house with all of it's intricate wood work and various other accouterments that were added to the house make this an interesting tour and the tour guide was extremely knowledgeable, patient and... More 

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Rochester, MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Highly recommend this historical tour if you are in St. Paul. I live in MN but hadn't experienced much of the history here. We spent some time on Grand Ave and then hit Summit Ave for this tour. The houses and history of this area are amazing. Hearing and SEEING the history of James J Hill was amazing. This is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting learning about the Hill family .The tour guide was excellent! We would definitely go back again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I highly recommend taking the tour. Our tour guide was excellent. Lot's of history and artifacts. fascinating!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've all heard the term "Robber Barons" thrown about when describing the Gilded and Progressive Eras in U.S. History. Carnegie, Rockefeller, Mellon, Morgan, Chase, but how many of US outside of Minnesota know the story of James J. Hill, Empire Builder? Well, if you want to know, there's no better place then this mansion he called home for decades until... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Anyone who has an interest in James J. Hill, the early railroad, Victorian architecture or inventions should visit this beautiful home.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited several floors, enjoyed hearing the house organ, and were thoroughly enchanted by the Minnesota Historical Society Tour and our experienced, very knowledgeable guide. (For those needing it, a small elevator was also available for use.)

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