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James J. Hill House

240 Summit Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102-2194
+1 651-297-2555
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A Must See

While visiting Summit Ave,we saw this house was opened for tours. It was built in 1891 by James... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
WAYNE B
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Fort Myers, Florida
Worth it.

Whether you're interested in history or not, this is worth a visit. Only $10/adult in the guided... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Christina F
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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 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 1 week ago

While visiting Summit Ave,we saw this house was opened for tours. It was built in 1891 by James Hill who was the owner and developer of the Great Northern Railroad. Well worth seeing.

Thank WAYNE B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Whether you're interested in history or not, this is worth a visit. Only $10/adult in the guided tour. MN Historical society does a good job. (Free un-guided on Sundays) The area is lovely. Take some time to stroll summit ave and admire the other mansions....More

Thank Christina F
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Definitely worth seeing! Our tour guide was excellent, very informative and knew her history. Amazing architecture and carvings for our time, much less their time period. Definitely want to come back for the Christmas season. If you're into history, don't miss this!

Thank Pat H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are in St. Paul you have to go see this house. It is amazing. The outside is an imposing sandstone structure and the inside is 30,00 SF of carved oak. As good as the house is - and it is good - the...More

Thank Stuart S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited James J. Hill House about 10 years ago and recently visited again with out of town relatives. It had been a long enough time that I had forgotten most of the details about this house, Mr. Hill, and his family and how America...More

Thank G B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

James J Hill was a major railroad baron, and he built his house to match (and to accommodate his astonishing number of children). We went on Sunday, when the tours are self-conducted. This worked fine, with cheerful, well-informed staff members strategically placed throughout the house...More

Thank Rick628
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The house is more than amazing, and it was great fun to see how the other "half" used to live. It's hard to imagine such wealth, but the Hills did it right in the Gilded Age. The tour was very much worth the time and...More

Thank SteveMirn
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a wonderful old mansion built by one of our 19th century industrialists, James J. Hill. He was the "Empire Builder" of the Great Northern Railroad. The house is on a river bluff above the Mississippi and has a great view out over the...More

Thank sc0x
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I was impressed with the state of preservation of this historic house. Our tour guide was very well prepared, and the size of our tour group was quite reasonable. I recommend a visit to this interesting house.

Thank Daniel S
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Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed the tour, very knowledgeable guide. Went with friends who have lived in St. Paul a long time, we finally made it here. Bought tickets online, really no need to do that, walk-ins appear to be what the house is used to doing. Historically significant...More

Thank TeddyP300
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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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Robert M
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Response from Carol-Ann B | Reviewed this property |
You'd have to contact them.
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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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