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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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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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Enter into a little piece of history in St Paul MN. Beautiful restored home from days gone by about a wealthy man who loved the city. Take the time to go thru. It's worth it.

Reviewed 4 days ago
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minneapolis
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Enter into a little piece of history in St Paul MN. Beautiful restored home from days gone by about a wealthy man who loved the city. Take the time to go thru. It's worth it.

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Apple Valley, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Been there a couple of times and was awed during both visits. It's incredible that some people used to live this way (sort of like St Paul's Downton Abbey!). I especially liked seeing the silver place setting on display; it had about a dozen pieces! Gorgeous woodwork, servant's quarters, great location overlooking downtown St Paul. Must see!

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Grand Marais, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Beautiful historic home! Docent tour very well done. The display in the art gallery portion of the home was good and does change regularly.

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Dixon, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took the house tour - started right on time. Our guide was very knowledgeable and kept us moving through out the house with interesting stories. It is wonderful that they are getting original pieces back. So many fascinating things about this house - electricity- buzzer system - etc.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We adored our visit to the James J. Hill House in St. Paul. The tour guide was fabulous! She was well informed and generous with her time. The tour is supposed to last one hour and 15 minutes but she gave us some extra time, which was much appreciated because there is so much to see. James J. Hill, who... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A fascinating tour. James J Hill was the Bill Gates/Steve Jobs of his day with a house to suit his wealth and influence.

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Enniscorthy, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I visited the James J Hill House and I didn't really know what to expect, I thought that maybe we'd get to have a look around a few rooms and that would be it. But from the second we arrived in the door (edit: amazingly detailed door!) I knew we were onto something good! Stacey our guide was a wealth... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The staff was rude. The infornation to be had is impressive. We asked the reference librarian to help with a search and she was not friendly and simply rude. If you need anything related to be siness, starting a business or information on another business the information can be found here, just don't expect common courtesy

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017

We were staying at a B&B near this house and someone told us to check this out. What a GREAT suggestion! It was the highlight of our trip! This house was built in 1891 by James J. Hill a railroad magnate. It is over 35,000 square feet! I would call ahead and find out when the tours are scheduled. We... More 

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Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

We really liked learning about the James J Hill house. There are parts of limits so you won't see the whole house but see enough to imagine what it must have been like to be a child of the hills living in this beautiful piece of history.

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