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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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Very informative tour

We did the tour with our 8 year old and she thought the tour was very interesting. Our guide did Avery nice job of explaining everything and the 75 minute tour went very quickly... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Keith F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We did the tour with our 8 year old and she thought the tour was very interesting. Our guide did Avery nice job of explaining everything and the 75 minute tour went very quickly. Our tour was completely full and people had to wait to get on next tour every 1/2 hour.

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Thank Keith F
Mankato, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We took a walking tour of Grand Ave (highly recommend) and this was the meeting place. It is great fun to walk around and look at all of the stunning details of this home. It's beautifully kept and something that you must go to if you enjoy historical homes.

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Thank Kelly R
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This has been on my bucket list to see for some time. The guided tour is about an hour and 15 min. I would have loved more! As large as the house is, you only get to see so much. I guess there is a more in depth tour in the summer, my kids are already asking to go back!... More 

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Thank dkw77
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I recently toured the JJ Hill House as part of our 3 day tour to Minnesota history sites. It didn't disappoint. Our tour guide was great, with a wealth of knowledge and a funny delivery! I'm sorry we didn't get her name as we got in the group late. Would love to come again for some of... More 

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Thank Barbara S
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went on a tour right before Christmas of the James J Hill house. The tour guides were dressed as servants and did a marvelous job of acting out the stories of the servants who once lived at the house. It was a fun way for my 7 year old daughter to learn the history of the house without being... More 

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Thank AmandaHi1
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love this "place". Do take a tour it's worth the time. Learn about the history of STP in the process!

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Thank Kate D
Burnsville, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was once the largest and most expensive home in Minnesota. It is a wonderful tour and you can almost imagine what its was like to live in grandeur in the late 1800's. The home features it's own art gallery and a 2 story pipe organ. The tours are about and hour and 15 minutes long.

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Thank Keely15
Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the most amazing home :) James J. Hill, builder of the Great Northern Railway. I have so much to say. It's a fun adventure. Great tour guides and a mansion that still has retained its beauty.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Interesting to see a house of such grandeur. Fun to learn about its history and how people lived that lifestyle.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Over the years, the tours at this house keep improving. Some of the original furnishings have been given to the home by the Hill family and it really adds to the overall atmosphere. Each room also has a photo of what it looked like when the Hills lived there as they had a photographer come and take photos while they... More 

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