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James J. Hill House

Open Now: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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James J. Hill the builder of the Great Northern Railway.

If you enjoy historical structures, you will like this one. Beautiful woodwork throughout the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Chicago, Illinois
Great tour of an historic home in St Paul MN

We toured the James J Hill house this spring in St Paul with extended family members. The home is... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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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 6 days ago

If you enjoy historical structures, you will like this one. Beautiful woodwork throughout the house. 36,000 square foot structure. Nice work on the restoration. Street parking. Restroom on site. Admission $10.00, discounts for senior, military and students. May take photos but no flash. Many stairs...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We toured the James J Hill house this spring in St Paul with extended family members. The home is in great condition, the views of the rooms and the views of the city from the house were stunning, and the tour guide was exceptionally informative...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was lovely. We missed the tour time but a number of the rooms were available to see and you could look toward the huge staircase. We also got to see the educational film. Well worth seeing even this way!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Historical Society docent of this home was so interesting! She had lots of facts and tales about aspects of life in the era of the home and also about the family members who lived there. The house is very interesting - all of the...More

Thank Pollyannaiam
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited this house on a Monday, so no tours were running. As an Australian I had no clue who James J Hill was but after seeing the 10 minute documentary, it gave me an insight into this incredibly forward thinking man. The house is...More

Thank maisy33
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The house has a lot of interesting design features and some amazing views. Overall, I would rate the house as worth the while and would recommend visiting.

Thank Kissimmeetraveler
Reviewed September 2, 2018

Magnificent home of the early railroad founders. All original wood/stone carvings. Historic wonder and elegance is really awe inspiring. Fabulous river views. Old railroad track in place where coal once was delivered. All authentic. History buffs buffet. You will encourage the trip; along the drive...More

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Reviewed August 28, 2018 via mobile

I found the James Hill house museum extremely hard to visit. I can not say what I think about the museum per se, as I never got in other than walking the grounds and a conference room at the reception. However, I have given up...More

Thank Daydream717072
Fletcher W, Public Relations Manager at James J. Hill House, responded to this reviewResponded August 30, 2018

Hi Donald, I'm sorry that you haven't been able to visit us. We'd love to be open for tours every day of the week, but currently that's not feasible. Our website www.mnhs.org/hillhouse is the best resource for our hours and admission. Our guided tours are...More

Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit to the James J. Hill House. It was like stepping back in time to see how the rich people lived in another era. The home is beautiful, the wood work amazing! Our guide did a wonderful job telling us about...More

Thank Elizabeth T
Reviewed August 18, 2018

Took the Nook & Crannies Tour, found this very interesting! This tour takes you places that the other tours do not. So much information was given! This was my granddaughters idea and we all really enjoyed this tour. Probably not a good tour for young...More

Thank Cynthia J
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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 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