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Glensheen-Historic Congdon Estate, Duluth

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Experience early 20th-century luxury and a collection of artifacts at Glensheen-Historic Congdon Estate. The house was completed in 1908 as the home of successful lawyer and investor Chester Congdon and his wife, Clara. The 39-room mansion and the surrounding 2.8 ha (7 acre) estate is now owned by the University of Minnesota-Duluth. You can tour the gardens and the interior, which is adorned with mahogany, silk, and gold leaf. Much of the furniture, decorations, and other items are the original pieces that were brought into the house in 1908. Tours are conducted frequently, so you won't have to wait long for one, and you can also purchase the tickets online. See Glensheen-Historic Congdon Estate and all Duluth has to offer by arranging your trip with our Duluth travel itinerary maker.
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Canal Park and the downtown areas offer a full range of lodging, including tower hotels, national-chain motels, inns, and bed and breakfasts. For a more scenic stay, book accommodation with views of Lake Superior. Staying in Canal Park or downtown puts you within easy reach of numerous restaurants, shops, and attractions, but you should also consider bedding down in the historical area east of Chester Park. Many of the inns and bed and breakfasts here occupy turn-of-the-century mansions, and the neighborhood itself offers a quiet respite from busy downtown and Canal Park.
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  • Have been to Duluth many times but never toured Glensheen. We are so glad we did this trip! It is a beautiful mansion. The UMD student guides were very friendly and extremely knowledgeable about the h...  more »
  • Before I visited Duluth, I heard from several people that Glensheen was a "must" do while in Duluth! While I wasn't blown away by the overall tour, the house is beautiful and the grounds are gorgeous,...  more »
  • 25 years ago this summer I moved to MN from San Diego. The next year my best friend came to visit me and we went to Glensheen. The pointed out the pineapples that decorate so much of the house and we ...  more »
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  • Purchased the "Full Tour" this past Sunday and it was great! The Full tour has your guide take you through the third floor and attic of Glensheen Mansion in addition to the first and second floors and basement. Most of what's inside the house is original to the building including artwork, bedding, and light fixtures. My tour guide was very good and answer questions along the way. After the third floor and attic, we were allowed to roam the other floors on our own. They also have a great gift shop with everything from books to clothing to sweets. Would recommend visiting this historic site maintained by the University of Minnesota, Duluth!
  • A beautiful mansion with great tours provided by the U of M. There are different tour options, personally if you have the time then I would recommend the full tour. Even without paying for the tour you can enjoy the outside areas, which is very peaceful right on the shore if lake superior and a cute little creek with a nice walking path for a casual stroll. The tour got into the lives of the family as well as the history if the mansion.
  • Second time here, purchased the full tour. Well worth the money! They take you to the attic and third floor, first and second are self your. $26 per adult. We do enjoy the guided tours better, but it was still good.
  • The history of the family and mansion is fascinating. Book full and special tours ahead as they recommend. We did not and couldn't wait so did the self-guided tour. That was still wonderful.
  • Our guide was nice, seemed to know her material. The house and features are well preserved. They used to restrict photography, but it's allowed now and they're opening a photographer's tour soon with tripods allowed and such.