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James J Hill House

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Address: 240 Summit Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102-2194
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+1 651-297-2555
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10:00 - 16:00
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Sun 13:00 - 16:00
Wed - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
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Rugged stone, massive scale, fine detail and ingenious mechanical systems...

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.

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Lovely Christmas tour

We went on a tour right before Christmas of the James J Hill house. The tour guides were dressed as servants and did a marvelous job of acting out the stories of the servants who... read more

Reviewed 13 March 2017
AmandaHi1
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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20 reviews
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Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

We went on a tour right before Christmas of the James J Hill house. The tour guides were dressed as servants and did a marvelous job of acting out the stories of the servants who once lived at the house. It was a fun way for my 7 year old daughter to learn the history of the house without being... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

Love this "place". Do take a tour it's worth the time. Learn about the history of STP in the process!

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Thank Kate D
Burnsville, Minnesota
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146 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

This was once the largest and most expensive home in Minnesota. It is a wonderful tour and you can almost imagine what its was like to live in grandeur in the late 1800's. The home features it's own art gallery and a 2 story pipe organ. The tours are about and hour and 15 minutes long.

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Thank Keely15
Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

This is the most amazing home :) James J. Hill, builder of the Great Northern Railway. I have so much to say. It's a fun adventure. Great tour guides and a mansion that still has retained its beauty.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 reviews
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Interesting to see a house of such grandeur. Fun to learn about its history and how people lived that lifestyle.

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Thank northmoodys
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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44 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Over the years, the tours at this house keep improving. Some of the original furnishings have been given to the home by the Hill family and it really adds to the overall atmosphere. Each room also has a photo of what it looked like when the Hills lived there as they had a photographer come and take photos while they... More 

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Thank pastry-and-poetry
Watertown, South Dakota
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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

It has actually been a few years since we visited but we enjoyed it. It's a part of our heritage. Of course the other end of the social ladder then my relatives.

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Thank Don H
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Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

I was completely blown away by the beauty of this home. Not only that but how far ahead of its time some things were in the home. I felt like if those walls could talk they would have so much to say.

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Thank Julie S
Chicago, Illinois
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11 reviews
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Reviewed 1 February 2017

An interesting and affordable tour of a grand old home. The architecture is opulent and wonderful. They don't build them like this anymore. If you have to wait for the next tour, consider walking up and down Summit to see the other magnificent homes on this block.

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Thank Judy L
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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120 reviews
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Reviewed 29 January 2017

The first floor of the mansion was clearly made for entertaining and impressing others. The 2nd & 3rd floors I was disappointed at the lack of furniture in the rooms and the lack of descriptions of the rooms, specifically the master bedroom. There are also several areas closed off for office space. And I would love to see restoration to... More 

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