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James J Hill House

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Address: 240 Summit Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102-2194
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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

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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This is a wonderful place to visit. Be sure to plan for the 75 minute tour. Sounds long, but isn't. James J. Hill was a fascinating man and this house reflects so much of the... read more

Reviewed February 27, 2016
Edna A
Los Angeles
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Reviewed February 27, 2016

This is a wonderful place to visit. Be sure to plan for the 75 minute tour. Sounds long, but isn't. James J. Hill was a fascinating man and this house reflects so much of the man. Definitely, a centerpiece of St. Paul

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Reviewed February 27, 2016 via mobile

Dope house, worth the time. The tour guide named Dan was the man, he knew his stuff and gave you a good feeling for the house and the family. Daaaaaamn Daniel

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Reviewed February 24, 2016

James J. Hill really knew how to build a house when he built his mansion... Very classy and elegant. Wish they allowed wedding rentals on the property. :-) Fun trip for families, couples and individuals who enjoy history and architecture.

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Ramsey, Minnesota
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Reviewed February 13, 2016

This is a neat house way ahead of its time. Electric in all rooms plus gas lanterns, an elevator unbelievable it was amazing. It was neat to learn about this railroad Barron who built this empire from Minnesota. The guide was very helpful and informative

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed February 12, 2016

It is a preserved home with guided tours; best seen at the holiday. I would not pay for the tour if it wasn't decorated for the season. Interesting preservation of a railroad tycoon.

Thank Rachel C
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed February 11, 2016

This house is amazing. The beauty of it will set you back. the tour guide was very informative. She really knew her stuff. I went there with a group of teenagers. they too thought to was an awesome house.

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Rosemount, Minnesota
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Reviewed February 4, 2016

We took our four kids here and I couldn't believe the experience. We walked through with a guide and I think we were all blown away. The history and architecture was amazing. Three of our kids are from MI but were equaling in awe. All of the kids were teens.

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Jordan, Minnesota
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Reviewed January 26, 2016

This a an excellent historic home with lots of original woodwork & history. It's nice to drive around and look at the other gems along this historic avenue.

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Shakopee, Minnesota
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Reviewed January 20, 2016

I have been to this amazing house many times and still am impressed with it's grandeur. You can just feel the history of days gone by...my only regret is that they don't do the tours in the dress of the time. It would add so much if Mrs. Hill took you through her home, maybe have the Master of the... More 

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Reviewed January 18, 2016 via mobile

I visited with my 11 year old daughter as part of her summer history homework. After enjoying dinner nearby we attended the Nooks and Cranny tour with a costume docent. We got to explore all levels of the house and hear wonderful stories of the time when the Hill family live there. Highly recommend this for middle school age children... More 

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