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James J. Hill House

240 Summit Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102-2194
+1 651-297-2555
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Interesting afternoon going back in time

This is a well maintained and beautiful house to help you step back in time and see how the well to... read more

Reviewed 22 January 2018
Julie J
Worth a visit

Wonderful furniture architecture paintings and full of history. This main created the northern... read more

Reviewed 4 January 2018
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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 mansion, the setting of the public and private lives of the Hill family. The James J. Hill House is a National Historic Landmark. The home also includes an art gallery, which features work from the Minnesota Historical Society's collections.
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240 Summit Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102-2194
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

This is a well maintained and beautiful house to help you step back in time and see how the well to do and servants lived. The guides are passionate and knowledgeable.

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Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

Wonderful furniture architecture paintings and full of history. This main created the northern railway so very famous . And excellent exhibit

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Reviewed 31 December 2017 via mobile

Trip back to the beginning of 20th century. This museum is amazing. The story of James Hill is a “typical “ American Dream story about the guy who had built his wealth from nothing becoming one of the owners of main railroad companies.

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Reviewed 30 December 2017

A tour of the JJ Hill House is well worth the visit on a rainy day. Take a guided tour to explain the details of the house. Also recommend visiting the gallery.

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Reviewed 27 December 2017

Our family attended the Victorian Christmas Carols performance at the James J Hill House and truly enjoyed the history of holiday celebrations from the past. We were not disappointed by the singers and music. The chandeliers and hand- carved woodwork was very impressive! Our tour...More

Thank Louise C
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Reviewed 26 December 2017

Had never been to the James J. Hill House, so I thought I should check it out. It's interesting to learn a bit about the history of the Hill family and their staff. This was a holiday tour. If you are going expecting to see...More

Thank krae21
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Reviewed 3 December 2017

St. Paul is fortunate this historic mansion was saved. JJ Hill indeed left his mark on the area and having his house available to tour is important in telling his history. In the attempt to keep the house as close to it's original state at...More

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Reviewed 19 November 2017

The mansion is a classic Victorian. If you enjoy seeing how the truly rich lived in the Gilded Age, here's your chance. Real gilded ceilings, amazing hand-carved features throughout,well restored. Many rooms are without furnishings, which actually makes it nice, in that you can enter...More

Thank SonofAslan
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Reviewed 12 November 2017

The tour was very interesting. The home itself is not the most beautiful mansion I have ever seen, but it was interesting to see how the home was duo fitted for gas and electricity. Wood carvings are ornate. Some rooms are masculine and others are...More

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Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

I hadn't been to the James J Hill House before but the visit for the Ghost Stories didn't disappoint. The house itself is pretty amazing and anyone who likes historic Victorian architecture will love the setting. The ghost stories made the visit even more fun....More

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Tamara D
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Response from Louise C | Reviewed this property |
No. We bought our tickets online because of the special concert at Christmas.
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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
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