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Julian H. Sleeper House Museum

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Julian H. Sleeper House Museum

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Madlake wrote a review Jan 2020
50 contributions9 helpful votes
This is a private museum that you will either love or you will regret spending 2 hours in this manner. It is rather out of place in St. Paul because to catch much of the owner's descriptions, one needs a good background in East Coast, especially NY, concerns, values, and culture. It is beautiful, no question, and I agree with the owner that one must not be an absolute museum purist to enjoy the visit. The pieces were interesting and the owner does a good job of describing their history and how he acquired them. I always like to ask questions, but the owner is so absorbed in telling his story that it was uncomfortable to break in. If you like incredibly intelligent eccentrics, as I do, you will enjoy the time. The others in my group were not so thrilled.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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sunnyjazz1028 wrote a review Nov 2018
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A friend mentioned this place to me, so decided to check it out. We didn't read anything about it before we went, which I recommend because the online pictures don't do it justice. Dr Seth Hawkins leads the tour of the "museum", which is really his home with extensive collections of items that interest him on a wide range of topics. I won't mention what they are, because it was so much fun to be surprised. I thought of this as more of a show than a museum because Dr. Hawkins is very entertaining. He might tell a long-winded story, but it's always funny or informative, or both! Time well-spent.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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csfeedback327 wrote a review Jun 2018
Wallingford, Connecticut1 contribution1 helpful vote
This place is really extraordinary and there's a reason. What you'll see in the JSH is not a result of happenstance or a random collection of artifacts accumulated as years went by. The gems you encounter here represent a lifetime of intelligent acquisitions by Dr. Seth C. Hawkins - a man who has displayed honest devotion to this time period for decades. Equally interesting, this curator is recognized as Dr. Fan. Google him and you should discover this title belongs to him and him alone. If you love baseball you're going to really, really, like our nation's biggest, most informed, and most experienced fan. Here's a challenge: try and find someone who has been to more games or ballparks than Dr. Hawkins. p.s. Minnesota is a nice escape from the heat in summer.
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Date of experience: September 2017
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DogAgility wrote a review Dec 2016
Stillwater, Minnesota265 contributions82 helpful votes
Based on the reviews in TripAdvisor, we decided to check this out. The host, Dr. Seth Hawkins, was knowledgeable and interesting. He knows his stuff! And he will talk as long as you are interested and continue to ask questions. The museum is an eclectic collection of historic home, gilded age decorations, President Garfield info, Roseville art pottery and Slovenia art and info. There's something for everyone! There are also numerous humorous and offbeat items mixed in - like Dr. Who memorabilia. And it is nice to be able to sit on and touch the items in the house. And the $7 cost can't be beat.
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Date of experience: November 2016
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JHTML wrote a review May 2016
Minneapolis, Minnesota1 contribution1 helpful vote
The Julian H. Sleeper House Museum turns the residence of a St. Paul entrepreneur and hotelier into a singular glimpse at the Gilded Era. Located in the shady Crocus Hill neighborhood of Saint Paul, the Sleeper House is a building tour not to be missed. The building accomodates the museum's vast collection, highlighting design and technogical objects of the era alongside historical documents. Dr. Hawkins is a terrific host, overflowing with anecdotes and stories. He is generous with his time and enthusiasm.
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Date of experience: May 2016
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