Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate, Duluth

Historic Site · History Museum
Experience early 20th-century luxury and a collection of artifacts at Glensheen, The 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. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Duluth using our trip planner.
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  • Enjoyed a leisurely visit on Saturday in May to this historic 39 room mansion on Lake Superior. Took the self-guided classic tour (senior $16.00) There are docents to answer questions and plenty to.....  more »
  • My son's girlfriend and I decided to go visit when we found out the mansion was still doing Christmas in March. The mansion and estate were beyond words better than I had imagined. It is steeped in...  more »
  • Second time I've visited Glensheen. Very quiet during the week. A little disappointed college kids working there didn't engage in conversation or give any info about the house. Was excited to go....  more »
  • Date of Visit: 10/30/2020 - LOVED the self-guided tours and pumpkin hunt! Definitely will continue to come back. Date of Visit: 2/25/2019 - Rating a 4/5 stars due to the way the pricing is set up; didn't like the wait time needed to begin a tour...when we were one of a handful of guests visiting in the dead of winter. Really pretty location; can't wait to see what it looks like in the summer.
  • This place was beautiful! It was such a nice tour. Only reason for only 3 stars instead of full was the beginning not even the beginning of the tour but just to go buy the tickets was confusing. You walk through the stables kind of looking at everything and there's really no signs or anything. There was a tiny little room where you watch a video but again not any signage about that or not big enough to read. There was a group there before us and we had no idea what we were doing so we passed them to go buy our tickets we were looking to do a full mansion tour. When we got to the front the lady was so extremely rude and responded to us by saying "yeah they were before you have to help them first." We had no idea we had to watch the video could have been explained better from her side. We ended up going back to watch it and even the people behind us had no idea and tried to go ahead as well. Better signage is needed and better customer service. We ended up only getting the general because of how rude she was kinda turned us off.
  • We did the full tour, and were absolutely amazed. We downloaded the self tour app and that really added to the experience. I would recommend researching the Congdon family prior to going. It was interesting to learn where their money came from, and their history so you could relate better touring their home. The architectural details and woodwork, fireplaces, and moldings were so marvelous. The various gardens and fountains were so beautiful. Can't wait for the carriage house to be finished. I thought it was worth the extra money for the full tour, the third floor was great! I heard Robert Congdon had a hockey stick somewhere in the house though, that would have been a very Minnesota thing to display :-)
  • Glensheen Mansion's history is wonderful to learn about. The stories about the Congdons are fascinating. The artifacts displayed throughout the mansion from the Congdons' travels are superb. I loved the gift shop. I bought a book about Glensheen and read more in depth how the house was built a d about the Congdon family. Well worth the money to explore the home and grounds. Plan for at a 3 hour stay.
  • One of my favorite places to visit while in Duluth. The house and the grounds are amazing! The tour is a must! My family loves the beach too! If you don't want to take the tour you can pay a small fee and just walk around the grounds and see all the beautiful sights outside as well. A truly amazing place to visit. Try to get there early if you.dont like a lot of people though. As it gets very busy on the weekends.

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