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James J Hill House

240 Summit Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102
+1 651-297-2555
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Good tour

Took the tour of the house. Gave a good feel of the area and one of its prominent citizens. Not a... read more

Reviewed 31 October 2016
Houston, TX
Beautiful Estate

My girlfriend and I were the only two people on our tour at 12:30, so it was a very personal... read more

Reviewed 27 October 2016
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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
+1 651-297-2555
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Reviewed 31 October 2016

Took the tour of the house. Gave a good feel of the area and one of its prominent citizens. Not a fan of much of the history of these barons, but it was all well done. If you love the old houses, don't miss this...More

Thank cleetus97
Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

My girlfriend and I were the only two people on our tour at 12:30, so it was a very personal experience to take the tour here! It was fun to learn about one of the richest men in the state (at the time) and how...More

Thank Anthony P
Reviewed 24 October 2016

My husband and I attended a chamber concert here, after which we were given an abbreviated private tour. The concert was absolutely wonderful and the tour was fascinating. Such stunning craftsmanship throughout the home, the likes of which simply can't be found in today's homes....More

Thank EmBentley
Reviewed 24 October 2016

I am not a native to Minnesota so learning on how the other half lived in these beautiful mansions was very fascinating. The Mississippi River played a lot into the roles of these families who lived on Summit and their contribution to society and Minnesota...More

Thank JosieMB007
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

My family and I had such a fun time touring the mansion. It was amazing to hear about all the different rooms of the house and who stayed there. Highly recommended

Thank CBE M
Reviewed 17 October 2016

St. Paul's version of Downton Abbey. Great tour guides and a mansion that still has retained its beauty. The organ room is not to be missed. Good for all ages as long as the attention span is longer than one hour.

Thank TravelBug_99938
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Great place to visit and review history. Wonderful wood work. Wish we could recapture the effort and style.

Thank Henry H
Reviewed 14 October 2016

This substantial mansion has square footage in its favor. However, only a small portion of the rooms are fully furnished. Those that are range from the average to the spectacular. Noon tour found a large share of the home truly dreary--even with sunshine outside. Understandably...More

Thank Russ C
Reviewed 6 October 2016

Hill made a whole lot of money on railroads and investing, and he spent an unbelievable amount on this house. Rich wood work, magnificent furniture, and rugs, and lamps, etc. Around forty two rooms, but a lot were less fancy servants rooms (but still, how...More

Thank T U
Reviewed 3 October 2016

We booked a Saturday morning tour in advance. The house was easy to find and there is on-street parking available. What a home! Really marvelous details in the woodwork, walls, and windows. They have ghost storytelling on certain dates in the Fall--wish I could go...More

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Response from Carol-Ann B | Reviewed this property |
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Jeff P
19 September 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
cathy s
19 June 2015|
Response from Jim B | Reviewed this property |
$9 Adults, $7 Seniors or college students, $6 ages 6-17, free for five and under.