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“Great piece of history”

James J. Hill House
Ranked #4 of 130 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 31 May 2014

A beautiful old mansion…sparsely furnished, but the historical society is trying to only use original furnishings. Pieces are coming back here and there. We were lucky enough to have a great guide as well as an organist to play for us during our tour! It was such a treat. Very interesting to see how the the very wealthy of the time lived.

Thank Kathryn W
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Reviewed 25 May 2014

I've toured quite a few historic homes and found this to be among the best. All furniture is original to the family and the "modern" features in an 1890s home were incredible. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. I enjoyed the brief video about James J Hill, not knowing anything about him even after living 30 minutes away for the past 10 years. I may get a Minnesota Historical society membership and go back for the Nooks and Crannies tour.

Thank 651MichelleJA
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

This was my third visit. I love to bring friends here and watch their jaw drop. Great tour staff. Beautiful rooms.

Thank shuttletrain
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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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