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James J Hill House

240 Summit Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102
+1 651-297-2555
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A glimpse into the gilded age . . .

The James J. Hill house is a 36,000 sq ft mansion just a couple miles from downtown St. Paul. We... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Joanne S
Plymouth, Minnesota
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Always interesting to visit...

The James J Hill house is a great place to bring guests and to visit yourself to understand a bit... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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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
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The James J. Hill house is a 36,000 sq ft mansion just a couple miles from downtown St. Paul. We took the standard 75 minute tour, which takes you into the music room, parlor, art gallery, Mr. and Mrs. Hill's and two of their sons'...More

Thank Joanne S
Reviewed 6 days ago

The James J Hill house is a great place to bring guests and to visit yourself to understand a bit of Minnesota history through one of its prominent citizens. During the guided tours, you learn about Mr. Hill's rise to prominence and wealth through the...More

Thank Steph-Mpls
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really enjoyed this tour. Alex was an excellent guide. He shared some fascinating stories. 75 minute tour. Beautiful home, but still needs some decor. I can recommend this tour.

Thank Linda55555
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This old mansion was fun to tour. Our guide was informative and made it very interesting. They have senior discounts, which is always a plus in my book.

Thank JODENE2016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I wrongly always thought that the great house museums were concentrated in Europe or the East Coast - the James J Hill house is actually one of my favorite ones that I've seen in recent years. The house itself is large but not huge, it's...More

Thank vichy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fascinating look back in time. Interesting family, beautiful home and incredible ingenuity in how to live well in place that had few luxuries at the time.

Thank DragonflyMe
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took out of town visitors here on a Friday morning. Took a chance and just showed up at 10 am and got in to the first tour. Great tour guide who handled every question asked. Fascinating house and fascinating family. I have gone on...More

Thank Debra W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've visited this place a number of times ( I live close by ) The house was built one one of th oldtrain barons. There are several types of guided tours. The shorter ones show it the rooms of the hose. There is also a...More

Thank MnHiker
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took the hour or so long tour and it was fascinating - I did not know who James J Hill was, but he was a very interesting fellow. The house is beautiful - especially the woodwork. It is on a hill that overlooks the...More

Thank pttraveller45
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am a local and always wanted to see this house. The best part of the tour is learning about the houses' history, the family that lived there and the contributions James J Hill made to the Minneapolis/St Paul area. It was fun to hear...More

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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
20 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.
cathy s
20 June 2015|
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Response from dee b | Reviewed this property |
Thanks Andy....I've been in many of a historical home...this one is real good...Enjoy!