Explore the grandeur of the James J. Hill House with a 75-minute guided tour. Tours are offered every half-hour, Wednesday through Sunday. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 651-297-2555.
Guides lead guests through four floors of the 1891 house, providing a glimpse into life in a 19th century mansion, the impact James J. Hill had on the economic transformation of this region, and a social system that included family members, servants, workers and guests. Chandeliers, stained glass and hand-carved woodwork are just a few decorative highlights of the 36,000 square foot home, which features original mechanical systems that provided heat, light, water, ventilation and security. The tour includes a 10-minute video on James J. Hill.
Visitors who do not wish to take the full tour, or who visit on Mondays and Tuesdays, may explore the first floor music room, drawing room and art gallery for a separate $2 admission. The art gallery features changing exhibits of Minnesota art and artists. A 10-minute video on James J. Hill is also available on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Children of all ages are welcome at the Hill House. The regular guided tour includes stories about the lives of the Hill children and grandchildren. A number of special events are designed specifically for children and field trip opportunities are available. Young visitors can try their hand at a word search of the Hill family before arriving.
Groups can arrange for guided tours of the house, or for walking or bus tours of the historic Summit Avenue neighborhood. Find out more.
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