James J. Hill House, Saint Paul

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#3 of 12 in Museums in Saint Paul
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  • This is a well maintained and beautiful house to help you step back in time and see how the well to do and servants lived. The guides are passionate and knowledgeable.  more »
  • Wonderful furniture architecture paintings and full of history. This main created the northern railway so very famous . And excellent exhibit  more »
  • Trip back to the beginning of 20th century. This museum is amazing. The story of James Hill is a “typical “ American Dream story about the guy who had built his wealth from nothing becoming one of the...  more »
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  • My family absolutely loved my visit to the James J Hill House during a recent trip to the Twin Cities. While I'm a card-carrying history geek, that label certainly does not apply to the rest of my family. The fact I could get my nerd on without having my family bored to tears during the 75-minute guided tour warrants a five star rating in and of itself. The tour guide who took us through each room was friendly and knowledgeable; she made the experience even better. Viewing the exquisite woodwork alone is worth the modest price of admission ($9 for adults). Our tour guide indicated the mansion's woodwork took 30,000 hours to carve. Unlike many other mansion tours I have experienced, you are allowed to take pictures as you walk through the 36,000 square foot mansion. In addition to a multitude of in wonderful interior shots, you get some unique pictures of St Paul Cathedral from the second floor of the mansion. The children of James Hill removed much of the original furniture from the house when they donated the mansion to the Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul in 1925. However, family members have returned many of those pieces in subsequent years. We visited on St Patrick's Day weekend, so for Irish Heritage Day, were treated to bagpipe music in addition to a demonstrations of the three story pipe organ. The tour includes a 10-minute biographical video on James J. Hill.
  • Wonderful place to spend an afternoon! There is so much history to see in every inch of it, you could go several times and find something new each time. If you enjoy history and beautiful architecture, the tour is for you. Our tour guide was very funny and INCREDIBLY knowledgeable. I highly recommend it!
  • Hamlet was such a fun production. The use of space and creativity along with the talent ought to be award-winning. Well worth the effort to make it to the show, and other presentations. Bravo!
  • Such a beautiful historic mansion. The woodwork is astounding and the rooms are stop luxurious and opulent. A wonderful glimpse into the past!!
  • I went on a school field trip here last year and I absolutely fell in love with it! I always find myself coming back! So much detail and history with this place! Love love love! Definitely recommend if you want to tour and love history!
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