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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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10:00 am - 3:30 pm
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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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Mansion tour

Spectacular mansion and excellent tour guide! Everyone was friendly and glad to help when we had questions. The tour not only showed off the house and beautiful wood carvings... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Spectacular mansion and excellent tour guide! Everyone was friendly and glad to help when we had questions. The tour not only showed off the house and beautiful wood carvings, Tiffany glass and three story pipe organ, but painted a picture of life of the privileged at that time period. This is a "must do" when you visit St. Paul!

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La Grange, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This mansion has a great history because of the man who lived here, even though he was a workaholic and didn't enjoy it much. He was gone so much..how did he sire 10 children!!!. Servants quarters reminded me of the television show. Lighting in this place is a mix of electric and gas. Great tour guide. This place costs $23,000... More 

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Eagan, MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a very interesting house to tour. This is a National Historic Landmark built by James J Hill, a railroad magnate in the late 1800's.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I've lived in the twin cities for 14 years and visited this gem of a house for the first time today with my parents who were visiting from out east. The guided tour was great: informative, interesting and you get to see both above & below stairs living. I would highly recommend this if you love history, seeing behind the... More 

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Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Today my parents, two sons (8 and 10), and I visited the James J Hill House. We have a MN Historical Society membership so it was free to tour. I grew up in MN but really didn't know much about James J Hill and his life so I found the tour very interesting. The receptionist was as sweet as can... More 

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Clearwater, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Although I was born in St. Paul, I had never been here. I enjoyed the "Nooks and Crannies took immensely! We took the 6:30 pm tour, but I recommend you take the 7:00, where the tour leader presents the tour in costume. I'm sure we only scratched the surface of this immense mansion which is very well preserved. Tip: we... More 

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Denver, CO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a fun little tour and a chance for a peak inside St Paul's history. The house Hill built was ahead of its time and functionally opulent. A great example of the American Dream.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the second time I've taken the Nooks and Crannies tour and the 5th time I've visited the James J. Hill mansion. The Nooks and Crannies tour takes you to hidden places of the house that you don't get to see on the regular tours, including the attic, where the Hill children had their own stage to perform on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The tour is fantastic. Real look at how it was and the total divisions of class back in the day. Be sure its on your list, you will not be disappointed.

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Thank borgmaul
Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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