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James J Hill House

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Address: 240 Summit Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102
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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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This is the most amazing home

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Leo L
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Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
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Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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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Watertown, South Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It has actually been a few years since we visited but we enjoyed it. It's a part of our heritage. Of course the other end of the social ladder then my relatives.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was completely blown away by the beauty of this home. Not only that but how far ahead of its time some things were in the home. I felt like if those walls could talk they would have so much to say.

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Thank Julie S
Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An interesting and affordable tour of a grand old home. The architecture is opulent and wonderful. They don't build them like this anymore. If you have to wait for the next tour, consider walking up and down Summit to see the other magnificent homes on this block.

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Thank Judy L
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The first floor of the mansion was clearly made for entertaining and impressing others. The 2nd & 3rd floors I was disappointed at the lack of furniture in the rooms and the lack of descriptions of the rooms, specifically the master bedroom. There are also several areas closed off for office space. And I would love to see restoration to... More 

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Woodbury, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

This may not be a tour for young children, but if you are a history buff and love architecture, this tour is for you.

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Maplewood, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Even though I am not a history nut, I found this house very interesting. The tour was great and provided many unexpected facts.

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 always make you feel like they are 'letting you in on a special secret' when... More 

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