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James J Hill House

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Address: 240 Summit Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102
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+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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Of architectural significance.

This may not be a tour for young children, but if you are a history buff and love architecture, this tour is for you.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Mary F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This may not be a tour for young children, but if you are a history buff and love architecture, this tour is for you.

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Maplewood, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Even though I am not a history nut, I found this house very interesting. The tour was great and provided many unexpected facts.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The regular tour is fabulous, but even better are are the specialty toys, like Nooks and Crannies and Christmas. It's worth buying a memebership to the MN historical society just to visit here (and the MN History Center). The tour guides are very knowledgeable and always make you feel like they are 'letting you in on a special secret' when... More 

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Minneapolis, MN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We've lived here 10+ years but had never been. They do 75 min tours everyday. The tour guide was great and did a nice job of talking with a group of about 25 people. Great look into the ultra wealthy family of 100+ years ago. You can walk across the street to the Cathedral before/after your visit here.

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Brainerd, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our family of 8 went to tour this home for the holiday tour as part of our Christmas. It was a 75 min INTERACTIVE tour! The actors and actresses were awesome. At first I didn't know what was going on but then figured it out that we (the entire group of about 50) were part of the tour. My sister... More 

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Palm Coast, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2016

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2016

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 November 15, 2016

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 November 12, 2016

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 November 5, 2016 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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