Glensheen-Historic Congdon Estate, Duluth

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#3 of 42 in Historic Sites in Minnesota
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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  • August 14, 2017
    Our tour was an hour long and unguided, but we saw everything we wanted to in that time. Very interesting house and history. The tour guides stationed throughout the house were knowledgeable and helpf...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Beautiful home and woodwork in this home. Staff was friendly and able to answer questions on our self guided tour.  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Very beautiful home and grounds on Lake Superior. I took a self-guided tour and found it to be very interesting. If you want to take a guided tour you really need to make reservations in advance.  more »
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  • June 14, 2017
    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!
  • June 1, 2017
    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.
  • July 2, 2017
    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.
  • June 28, 2017
    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.
  • May 29, 2017
    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.

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