The James J. Hill House with its stunning interior design is a great place to hold meetings, conferences, classes, lectures, receptions, luncheons, dinners and performances.
The James J. Hill House is available for any organization interested in gathering in a museum setting of interpreted history. The site is not available for weddings, wedding receptions, birthdays, family reunions, anniversaries, or similar types of events. For these kinds of events please consider the Minnesota History Center or Mill City Museum.
- Monday–Tuesday: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Wednesday–Sunday: 6 to 11 p.m.
The use fee for an event is based on day, time, length, size, set-up needs and type of function. Fees range from $150 for small weekday meetings to $2,000 for large evening receptions and dinners.
The music room, drawing room, and first floor hallway, plus smaller meeting rooms on the second and third floors, are available for rental (see first floor plan). The exterior terraces are available in warmer weather, and the picture gallery is available for concert performances. Other historic rooms are open for guests to see as part of the event.
- Seated dinners: 120 people maximum using both the music room and drawing room
- Theater seating: 120 people maximum using the drawing room or picture gallery
- Receptions: 400 people maximum using first floor hallway and adjacent rooms
Guides are scheduled for all rentals at a ratio of one guide for every 25 guests. They are available to provide visitor services and offer tours of the home (30-60 minutes). Event staffing also includes a manager.
Food and Drink
Catered events are welcome. Alcohol may only be served by a caterer with a valid liquor license. Red wine and chocolate fountains are not permitted. Menus must avoid foods that would easily stain or damage the historic interiors. A pantry work area is available but cooking is not allowed on the premises. Catering staff are responsible for removing all trash and leaving the site in a clean, orderly state. Catering equipment may not be delivered the day before or left overnight after an event. The event user selects and pays for all catering costs. Smoking is not allowed inside the house.
Decorations and Signs
No signs or decorations may be placed on historic furnishings, woodwork or surfaces. Lit candles and decorations with glitter are not allowed. Please contact us with any questions about special decoration or signs.
Musicians and Concerts
A restored pipe organ located in the art gallery may be played by a professional organist as part of an event. Event users may contract with other solo musicians and small ensembles. A Steinway grand piano from the Schubert Club is available in the art gallery. For ticketed concert events, the site can provide telephone reservation and box office support.
Are you looking for a great venue to hold your next concert or recital? Read more about performance rental at the James J. Hill House.
Street parking is available along Summit Avenue in front of the Hill House. The Cathedral parking lot may be used with permission from the Archdiocese (651-228-1766). Parking is not allowed on the property except for catering vehicles parked behind the site.
The Hill House will provide tables, chairs, and standard A/V and meeting equipment:
- 140 folding chairs (fabric padded seats and backs)
- 12 folding tables (30" x 72")
- 15 round banquet tables (60"/seat 8)
- TV/VCR/DVD with speakers
- podium with microphone and lamp
- slide, overhead and LCD projectors, and screens
- flip charts, whiteboards, and blackboards
- Four music stands with lamps
- hand-held microphone and general public-address system
To schedule an event at the Hill House, please contact: