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Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate

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Address: 3300 London Rd, Duluth, MN 55804-2010
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+1 218-726-8910
09:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Finished in 1908, this Lake Superior 39-room mansion enjoys a rare, intact...

Finished in 1908, this Lake Superior 39-room mansion enjoys a rare, intact collection of original furnishings and art. Because of that, it closely resembles the days when the Congdon family first occupied it. Truly, it is Duluth's answer to Downton Abbey.

Situated on a wooded lot, the home boasts spectacular views of Lake Superior, as well as, multiple gardens including formal, flower and vegetable. Guests are also encouraged to explore the carriage house, boat house, stone bridge and pier. Children enjoy the pebbled beach for hours of rock skipping while parents take in a sit on one of Adirondack chairs.

Be sure to check out Glensheen as part of your must-do Duluth bucket list.

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Go back for all 4 seasons!

I thought once I'd seen Glensheen, that was it. But wow, I've enjoyed going back multiple times to enjoy the beautiful landscape in different seasons. Love sitting by the lake on... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Woodbury, Minnesota
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Woodbury, Minnesota
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I thought once I'd seen Glensheen, that was it. But wow, I've enjoyed going back multiple times to enjoy the beautiful landscape in different seasons. Love sitting by the lake on the adirondack chairs, by the old boat house, and just relaxing. And seeing the house at Christmas - gorgeous! Make sure you put this destination on your list -... More 

Thank StillLoveMNbest
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The staff is welcoming and receptive to kids 6-10. Cost is reasonable for family of 6, $45. All standing all the time, little ones did get bored. Very fun to do once. Can walk around the property after the tour.

Thank Harvey A
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

We had group that was touring the "full" mansion in celebration of a co-worker's retirement. Most of us had been to the mansion previously, just not all had been on the 3rd floor (which is what is included in the full tour. We were looking forward to the tour and spending time together to only be disappointed in our time.... More 

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Jane P, Public Relations Manager at Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate, responded to this review

Hello FarmGirl62, Thank you for touring Glensheen and taking the time to provide valuable feedback. We greatly appreciate your honest response! Feedback like yours allows us to improve our tours and guest interactions. Each tour guide has their own individual strengths and areas of opportunity. As an educational facility, we strive to give UMD students opportunities to learn and grow.... More 

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Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

They showed a lot of the history of the mansion which was interesting, but my group was kinda bummed since we never got toured the 3rd floor which is where the history took place!

Thank sydneycarlson
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Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

Glensheen is truly a special place, I have visited it's in the grounds several times. There's so many incredible pieces of art and just even light fixtures in the home are totally amazing pieces. The house itself is beautiful as well. The history of this family is very interesting and the grounds are beautiful. Definitely need to visit at least... More 

1 Thank Marq2
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Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

The mansion is impressive, but the tour guides really make show. Jesse, our guide, was very knowledgeable and an excellent orator. His sense of humor was natural and he didn't seem to mind that I was constantly taking pictures while he addressed the group.

Thank Phil F
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Reviewed 28 February 2017 via mobile

I would highly recommend stopping by to see this beautiful mansion. The property is gorgeous and the staff is very knowledgeable!

Thank Megan V
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Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

This tour was so much fun! The weather didn't provide us with enough snow to justify snowshoes so we has a guided walk around the grounds instead. The turnout was huge and everyone seemed to enjoy it. We learned a ton of fun history and trivia about the area. The guide did a fantastic job. We ended the tour with... More 

Thank Darren W
Duluth, Minnesota
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Reviewed 21 February 2017

Dazzle your guests with refined elegance that can only be found at The Glensheen. This historic beauty is placed on Lake Superior Shores and has quite the interesting murder history. You can book your fairytale wedding, private parties with the on-site coordinators or just walk through on a daily tour.

Thank cinbad44
Duluth, Minnesota
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Reviewed 21 February 2017

Beautiful mansion with tons of history. The tour guide was excellent. Our tour guide told us wonderful stories of the past. I would recommend this tour to people that are over the age of 10 Although The mansion is not fully accessible for people who have a hard time with stairs. They just recently opened up the third floor for... More 

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