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“A true slice of early Gilded Age life”
Review of James J Hill House

James J Hill House
Ranked #4 of 124 things to do in Saint Paul
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 3 May 2014

This felt like America's (well, St. Paul's) Downton Abbey... right down to the buzzers that rang from each of the family's rooms to the servant's quarters. It's hard to grasp living in luxury on this scale, but James J. seemed to be driven by being the most opulent, if not the most aesthetically defined. Great fun, and a real eye-opener!

Thank Faith W
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

One can only tour so many houses before you have seen it and heard it all. This house is different. The history, the family Hill and a house with cutting edge technology for its time made this tour quite interesting. I would not suggest it for young children, but older elementary through adults will find this worth the time. There are steps down the bluff along the side that locals use....see if you can find them.

Thank citysmooth
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

My family, which includes 4 teenagers, all really enjoyed this tour. The home is spectacular. It was impressive to hear about the 1890's "state of the art" aspects of the home. The home is very beautiful and the tour did a great job of imparting knowledge while keeping the tour moving. Gives a great snapshot of another (bygone) era.

Thank RegTerry
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

Take the time and take the tour! Look back into area history and hear the story. This was a great tour to take my older children on, but also a great weekend date event. Enjoyable and overlooks St. Paul.

Thank Shelley R
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Reviewed 13 April 2014

Not sure what the cost of the tour was we, are Minnesota Historical Members. The tour was very well done and the house is unbelievable. Our tour guide talked a little fast, but was very knowledgeable. I would make it a stop on a visit to St. Paul it took about 1 hour and 20 minutes. I had my two boys with me (12 and 9) and they were good the whole time.

Thank Mizb29
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