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Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate

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Address: 3300 London Rd, Duluth, MN 55804-2010
Phone Number:
+1 218-726-8910
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09:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Finished in 1908, this Lake Superior 39-room mansion enjoys a rare, intact...

Finished in 1908, this Lake Superior 39-room mansion enjoys a rare, intact collection of original furnishings and art. Because of that, it closely resembles the days when the Congdon family first occupied it. Truly, it is Duluth's answer to Downton Abbey.

Situated on a wooded lot, the home boasts spectacular views of Lake Superior, as well as, multiple gardens including formal, flower and vegetable. Guests are also encouraged to explore the carriage house, boat house, stone bridge and pier. Children enjoy the pebbled beach for hours of rock skipping while parents take in a sit on one of Adirondack chairs.

Be sure to check out Glensheen as part of your must-do Duluth bucket list.

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Excellent Tour of Congdon Mansion

This is an excellent tour that provides a look back into the 1900's in Duluth and the history of the Congdone family between 1908 - 1920. It is very interesting to see the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Apple Valley, Minnesota
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Paid extra for the servants tour expecting to see the whole house plus the servants quarters since it's extra and the description on their website isn't very detailed. Got there and we were ONLY shown the servants quarters, none of the rest of the house. The servants quarters make up MAYBE a fifth of the house.

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Apple Valley, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an excellent tour that provides a look back into the 1900's in Duluth and the history of the Congdone family between 1908 - 1920. It is very interesting to see the conveniences and comforts that a wealthy family was able to enjoy back in 1908. The mansion was begun in 1905 and finished in 1908 for a cost... More 

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Jane P, Public Relations Manager at Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate, responded to this review

Thank you for the fantastic review! We hope to see you back soon. Maybe when it is warmer and you can explore the grounds a little more :) More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Finally got to tour this historic place - I enjoyed taking in the entire house but would have loved more information about the home and its occupants. Most of the tour was self guided and there isn't much information to read. "Guides" seemed mostly there to ensure you didn't touch anything. Will want to go again in the summer to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our family decided to go to Glensheen over the Holiday break as we had not seen it before. Loved the decorations for Christmas and there were not too many people at this time of year. We took the full mansion tour which takes you to the third floor to see the bedrooms and attic. Would definitely recommend taking a guided... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must see if you're in Duluth. This mansion was owned by the Condon family, and they donated it to UMD, and they run it now. It's a chance to see how they live in a very nice mansion in the early 1900's

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We recently visited Glensheen during the Christmas season. It was fun to visit at this time of year to see the mansion fully decorated with 25 Christmas trees through the home. Our tour guide was good and was able to answer most questions ask by those on our tour.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Glensheen is a highly publicized attraction that's overrated. Upon our arrival we weren't that impressed. Prices for the tours are steep and lengthy. The whole place is rather pretentious.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I had never been here before but driven buy many times. I would recommend going while the house is decorated for Christmas, its very beautiful. We will be going again in the summer too, the gardens would be fun to see.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have driven by several times and finally stopped in. The guided tour was sold out, so we did the $15 self guided tour. You pay an extra 5 bucks for the tour guide and you get to see the third floor. Each room was decorated for Christmas and there were employees in each room to answer questions. It is... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came here hoping to understand the history of Duluth a little more and while one doesn't control the weather, it was not shoveled and was very poor for handicapped folks. The person at the ticket office didn't seem to understand my wife was handicapped until we told her. By that time our van was long gone. I hope to... More 

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