We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

James J. Hill House

Closed Now: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Review Highlights

We had a lovely visit! The tour was informational and engaging. It’s so cool to see how this... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Hei N
via mobile
Best house tour ever!

Bev, the guide, was absolutely outstanding! She gave us a 1.5 hour tour that was fascinating. Hill... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Baltimore, Maryland
via mobile
Read all 457 reviews
All photos (231)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good26%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
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...more
Closed Now
Hours Today: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
See all hours
240 Summit Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102-2194
+1 651-297-2555
Reviews (457)
Filter reviews
452 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews hill family historical society nooks and crannies downton abbey great tour laundry room gilded age square feet beautiful mansion old mansion interesting house amazing home music room our tour guide grand home art gallery hour and minutes
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 452 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a lovely visit! The tour was informational and engaging. It’s so cool to see how this influential family lived as they lived in MN!!

Thank Hei N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Bev, the guide, was absolutely outstanding! She gave us a 1.5 hour tour that was fascinating. Hill was quite an extraordinary man, and the house is equally impressive. Don’t miss this St. Paul gem. It was $8 for seniors. It is steps away from the...More

Thank Beautifuldays2013
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took a guided tour of this building. Such a great tour. The house contains pictures in each room of how it was setup before the house was handed over to the Arch Diocese in the early 1900s because the family didn't want it.

Thank Peanut977
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A friend told us about this tour so we decided to give it a try and we were not disappointed. The tours cover all floors and most rooms except the staff area and the details are exquisite. Furniture original to the house coupled with historical...More

Thank Jennifer B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Hubs and I were in the area (Medina) for a wedding and had Sunday to kill before flying home to Wash DC. Intended to visit Grand Avenue area but stumbled on Summit Avenue and decided to walk and gawk at the beautiful homes. Found the...More

Thank lisab64
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited Hill House on Sunday morning. The tour guide was incredible. This gentleman was so knowledgeable and showed such passion about what he does. He is an excellent story teller, not only a guide. Job well done!!

Thank Ady P
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If you enjoy historical structures, you will like this one. Beautiful woodwork throughout the house. 36,000 square foot structure. Nice work on the restoration. Street parking. Restroom on site. Admission $10.00, discounts for senior, military and students. May take photos but no flash. Many stairs...More

2  Thank IllinoisKate1
Reviewed 2 October 2018

We toured the James J Hill house this spring in St Paul with extended family members. The home is in great condition, the views of the rooms and the views of the city from the house were stunning, and the tour guide was exceptionally informative...More

Thank Rhodes72
Reviewed 25 September 2018 via mobile

This was lovely. We missed the tour time but a number of the rooms were available to see and you could look toward the huge staircase. We also got to see the educational film. Well worth seeing even this way!

Thank jeannem284
Reviewed 22 September 2018 via mobile

The Historical Society docent of this home was so interesting! She had lots of facts and tales about aspects of life in the era of the home and also about the family members who lived there. The house is very interesting - all of the...More

Thank Pollyannaiam
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 17 nearby hotels
Holiday Inn St Paul Downtown
342 reviews
.47 km away
Hampton Inn and Suites Downtown St. Paul
396 reviews
.50 km away
Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge
500 reviews
.75 km away
The Saint Paul Hotel
819 reviews
1.01 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 985 nearby restaurants
Cossetta's Italian Market & Pizzeria
1,402 reviews
.41 km away
Red Cow St. Paul
475 reviews
.65 km away
Moscow on the Hill
421 reviews
.56 km away
Downtowner Woodfire Grill
275 reviews
.40 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 200 nearby attractions
Cathedral of Saint Paul
914 reviews
.16 km away
Minnesota History Center
548 reviews
.58 km away
Science Museum of Minnesota
1,032 reviews
.88 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Tamara D
18 February 2018|
AnswerShow all 9 answers
Response from Louise C | Reviewed this property |
No. We bought our tickets online because of the special concert at Christmas.
Robert M
15 October 2017|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from Carol-Ann B | Reviewed this property |
You'd have to contact them.
Jeff P
19 September 2016|
AnswerShow all 10 answers
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