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James J. Hill House

240 Summit Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102-2194
+1 651-297-2555
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Great tour, lovely house

The regular tour is fabulous, but even better are are the specialty toys, like Nooks and Crannies... read more

Reviewed 31 December 2016
Kimberly R
Must do in St Paul

We've lived here 10+ years but had never been. They do 75 min tours everyday. The tour guide was... read more

Reviewed 28 December 2016
Minneapolis, MN
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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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  • Very good26%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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240 Summit Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102-2194
+1 651-297-2555
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Reviewed 31 December 2016

The regular tour is fabulous, but even better are are the specialty toys, like Nooks and Crannies and Christmas. It's worth buying a memebership to the MN historical society just to visit here (and the MN History Center). The tour guides are very knowledgeable and...More

Thank Kimberly R
Reviewed 28 December 2016

We've lived here 10+ years but had never been. They do 75 min tours everyday. The tour guide was great and did a nice job of talking with a group of about 25 people. Great look into the ultra wealthy family of 100+ years ago....More

Thank lucycan
Reviewed 24 December 2016

Our family of 8 went to tour this home for the holiday tour as part of our Christmas. It was a 75 min INTERACTIVE tour! The actors and actresses were awesome. At first I didn't know what was going on but then figured it out...More

Thank KDTravel15
Reviewed 22 November 2016

this was a great place to meander about and be educated about the Hill family and how they lived. summit avenue is a wonderful historic place to visit !!!

1  Thank marjandrich
Reviewed 18 November 2016

We began our tour late in the day. The tours run 75 minutes. The house is massive, 36,000 square feet, but has a more family feel than some "great houses." Hills did have ten children. He was a quintessential robber baron from the gilded age...More

2  Thank Kathy K
Reviewed 15 November 2016

My 68 HS students were amazed at the grand house with the beautiful woodwork. The three tour guides were all very knowledgable and made the tour interesting. My favorite room is the laundry room. Very advanced for the time. i find something different to see...More

Thank singingaccordionist
Reviewed 12 November 2016

I do recommend going to the house to see a bit of history, and hear the stories. I was a bit disappointed that there was so little furniture in the building. I was told they only want to use the actual furnishings, not reproductions, and...More

1  Thank Jean J
Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Loved touring the mansion. I gave 5 stars because it is such an amazing piece of history but I would give less for the actual tour. I wish they would've taken more time in the rooms and I feel like we skipped over some rooms...More

Thank Bambi S
Reviewed 31 October 2016

We went to a special halloween victorian ghost stories night, and it was very entertaining. We got a tour of the house but abbreviated from the regular tour because it was later at night. I will definitely go back for a regular tour, but will...More

Thank twdsuz
Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

History, characters, stories and more makes this a delightful tour. The period pieces of furniture will delight the history buff. The story of how Minneapolis/St. Paul started will come alive. Do go!

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