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“A piece of history”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of James J Hill House

James J Hill House
Ranked #5 of 117 things to do in Saint Paul
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Owner description: 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.
minneapolis, Minnesota
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63 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“A piece of history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2012

The guides have a wealth of information to share about the hill family as well as the architecture of the home. It is a very controlled visit (no wandering on your own through rooms) An interesting glimpse into Minnesota history especially for visitors to our state

Visited July 2011
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Victorian Poetry Slam on Valentines Day”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2012

This was a wonderfully designed program and great fun for a very romantic and special Valentine's Day. The audience participation from the group was great too and really contributed to the evening.

Visited February 2012
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Minnesota, USA
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137 reviews
43 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2012

This is really a fantastic tour in a absolutely wonderful restored mansion of one of the great rail tycoons. This home gives you a glimpse into how the super rich lived in the late 1800's. The home is up in the Summitt Ave. area of St. Paul and make sure to take a drive around to check out all of the fabulous historic homes as well as making a stop at the cathedral.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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40 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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“empty, but great to get inside”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2012

my family took a tour of the James J Hill Mansion in 2010. The house is impressive, well kept and very memorable. The guide was friendly and very helpful with questions. My son is a rail road nut and being inside the Hill home was exciting for him. The house was empty as much of the furniture was missing. There seemed to lack a "home" feeling which made it a little depressing. Note: the dining room walls and the private his/hers bedrooms and bathrooms.

Thank Janell V
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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“Great house in a great neighborhood”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2011

The house is huge, somewhere around 36,000 feet, if you can imagine. It was one of the first to get electricity and there is an actual pipe organ in the house. I found it fascinating that the Hill family lived on the second floor, not the first. The neighborhood is fascinating too with several other historic mansions on the same street. We also signed up for a tour of the neighborhood, which was about one and a half miles long. A nice walk with wide sidewalks. A Hill son lived in the mansion next door. Garrison Keilor also owns a home in the neighborhood.

Visited September 2011
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