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James J. Hill House

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James J Hill House

Excellent attraction. We go several times a year. Can be expensive unless you have a MN... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
19th Century Splendour

Railway tycoon, James Hill not only built a great railway, he built this spectacular home. It is... read more

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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...more
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240 Summit Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102-2194
+1 651-297-2555
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Excellent attraction. We go several times a year. Can be expensive unless you have a MN Historical Membership/Pass. Tours are normally very well done.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed December 12, 2018

Railway tycoon, James Hill not only built a great railway, he built this spectacular home. It is lovingly cared for and presented in an interesting way, providing a glimpse at the immense wealth of the "gilded age".

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed December 11, 2018

Was privileged to be able to see the J.J. Hill House at Christmastime. The tour was filled with stories of Christmas traditions and information about how the holidays affected this prominent family. beautiful but simple decorations and meaningful traditions that almost "began" here with this...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Helen S
Reviewed December 9, 2018

My wife and I had been to visit this house several years ago, and thought to help get into the Christmas spirit, it might be fun to visit this place again. We bought $10 tickets to visit the home, and were very underwhelmed with our...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank MJN123
Reviewed November 26, 2018

We specifically bought tickets for the Christmas Traditions Holiday Tour ahead of time since it sells out very quickly. We weren't sure why though. Overall, it wasn't very festive (one tree in the basement and a few garlands here and there) and wasn't very engaging....More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 21, 2018 via mobile

Our tour guide Bethany was extremely knowledgeable and interesting. She gave a good understanding of the daily life of an upperclass family at the turn of the 20th century.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile

We had a lovely visit! The tour was informational and engaging. It’s so cool to see how this influential family lived as they lived in MN!!

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank 576hein
Reviewed November 1, 2018 via mobile

Bev, the guide, was absolutely outstanding! She gave us a 1.5 hour tour that was fascinating. Hill was quite an extraordinary man, and the house is equally impressive. Don’t miss this St. Paul gem. It was $8 for seniors. It is steps away from the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Beautifuldays2013
Reviewed October 30, 2018

We took a guided tour of this building. Such a great tour. The house contains pictures in each room of how it was setup before the house was handed over to the Arch Diocese in the early 1900s because the family didn't want it.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Peanut977
Reviewed October 26, 2018 via mobile

A friend told us about this tour so we decided to give it a try and we were not disappointed. The tours cover all floors and most rooms except the staff area and the details are exquisite. Furniture original to the house coupled with historical...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Tamara D
February 17, 2018|
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Response from Louise C | Reviewed this property |
No. We bought our tickets online because of the special concert at Christmas.
Robert M
October 14, 2017|
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Response from Carol-Ann B | Reviewed this property |
You'd have to contact them.
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September 19, 2016|
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Response from Kpaul1205 | Reviewed this property |
Hello, The Holiday Inn Downtown St. Paul is close by the JJ Hill House. It is about a 12 minute walk or less than 5 minute car ride. I haven't been to the Holiday Inn in several years but I'm assuming it is still nice... More