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James J Hill House

240 Summit Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102-2194
+1 651-297-2555
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Controlling Tour Guide

While I enjoyed Summit Avenue and this historic home, I personally disliked this approach to seeing... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Montclair, NJ
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James J Hill House

Our family loves taking a tour of the James J Hill house! Our guide was great and did an amazing... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Minot, North Dakota
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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.
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good25%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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240 Summit Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102-2194
+1 651-297-2555
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

While I enjoyed Summit Avenue and this historic home, I personally disliked this approach to seeing the house: 1 1/2 hour tour with a control-freak of a tour guide. "Don't step there...Stop at landing...Don't look in that room till I say you can." The house...More

Thank GigiMontclair_NJ
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Our family loves taking a tour of the James J Hill house! Our guide was great and did an amazing job of sharing the history of the house with us. Our 10 year old was entertained the entire time it was a little long for...More

Thank JCAB04
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

James Hill started his life working on the docks and built an incredible empire. This house was outfitted with the cutting edge of technology for its day. The tour covered about 80% of the house and included a short video on the life of James...More

Thank Kelly P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is an spectactular home that was way ahead of its time in terms of electicity and heating. It shows the opulence of the Gilded Age but also the sense that this was still just a home. The grand staircase, the concert hall/gallery with the...More

Thank fairtradejim
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have been here twice. My 11 and 12 year old enjoyed it. The first tour guide we had was excellent. She told a lot of history, was very informative, and had great stories that kept us interrested and made the whole tour! Second tour...More

1  Thank tandbi
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Enter into a little piece of history in St Paul MN. Beautiful restored home from days gone by about a wealthy man who loved the city. Take the time to go thru. It's worth it.

Thank seetheworld010
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Been there a couple of times and was awed during both visits. It's incredible that some people used to live this way (sort of like St Paul's Downton Abbey!). I especially liked seeing the silver place setting on display; it had about a dozen pieces!...More

Thank Brenton S
Reviewed 22 May 2017

Beautiful historic home! Docent tour very well done. The display in the art gallery portion of the home was good and does change regularly.

Thank PMA6642
Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

Took the house tour - started right on time. Our guide was very knowledgeable and kept us moving through out the house with interesting stories. It is wonderful that they are getting original pieces back. So many fascinating things about this house - electricity- buzzer...More

Thank nancylee54
Reviewed 13 May 2017

We adored our visit to the James J. Hill House in St. Paul. The tour guide was fabulous! She was well informed and generous with her time. The tour is supposed to last one hour and 15 minutes but she gave us some extra time,...More

Thank cbarnyt
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Jeff P
What hotel nearby?
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
what is the cost of the tickets
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
how expensive are the tour tickets?
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!