Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate, Duluth

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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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  • This is a unique and exceptional mansion, filled with spectacular detail. The tour guides really know their stuff.  more »
  • beautifully decorated for the holidays. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable of the history of the Congdon family.  more »
  • If you are only interested in the murder story . . . this is not your ticket. If you really want to see some period archtecture in great condition, then by all means don't miss this. The tours are wel...  more »
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  • A must see destination for anyone in the area. Our last visit was 15 years ago, but we went around Christmas time for the candlelight tour. More like the save electricity tour, by turning off most of the lights, but our guide was very knowledgeable. I had forgotten how amazing the house is. Well worth the price of admission.
  • This place is so rich in history and beautiful. The tour was informative and the staff was friendly. We went in the fall so the colors and smell of fresh fallen leaves 🍁 was a bonus! I highly recommend but only if your kiddos are 10 or older, It’s a long stretch for young ones.
  • I'm not much for Manson tours. Liked this one. College students in most rooms providing information and answering question. Very helpful. Outside the building many booth selling crafts. Not too crazy about that unless the proceeds went to the students or college.
  • Very interesting. The tour is highly recommended and the staff knows absolutely everything about the history of the house and the Glensheen family. This site is built into the fabric and history of Duluth and the surrounding area. You can't hear about Duluth without hearing about Glensheen mansion. The view of Lake Superior and the surrounding area is magnificent.
  • Love to be given the tour instead of self guided. Every time we go we learn something new. Everyone did such a great job ! Thee trees were beautiful !!

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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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