James J. Hill House, Saint Paul

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  • I hadn't been to the James J Hill House before but the visit for the Ghost Stories didn't disappoint. The house itself is pretty amazing and anyone who likes historic Victorian architecture will love ...  more »
  • I have read a lot about James Hill and have looked forward to seeing his mansion. While it was fun to finally see it, we came away feeling somewhat disappointed overall. The house does not have much o...  more »
  • If you like peering into history and understanding how people lived during different eras, this is a MUST VISIT home. Both Mr. and Mrs. Hill were extremely industrious with 10 children. We had a wonde...  more »
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  • Giving a 5 star to the house itself, the tour guide wasn't very friendly. She definitely knew her stuff but it felt like she was a babysitter in a rush, vs someone who wanted to educate us. A member of my group (there was 5 of us), got 5 feet from the group and was told not to "wander" (she was taking a picture) and we were repeatedly reminded "not to touch", mind you, everyone is an adult. The house is AMAZING! Definitely worth taking a tour!
  • Took the evening Ghost Reading and tour. Wonderful readings to a sell out crowd. The mansion has spectacular original features. The tour guide was knowledgeable and interesting. Beautiful neighborhood is an added bonus.
  • Very interesting tour. The guide was knowledgeable and approachable. Included a 10 minute video. Would have been willing to watch the 30 minute option. We were lucky enough to hear the pipe organ played too. Well worth a visit.
  • One of my all-time favorite places to visit! A cool house with a really interesting history. A great showcase of late 19th century technology and design. The tour is lengthy and the guides are quite knowledgeable. If you are bringing your family, I would recommend purchasing a Minnesota Historical Society Family Membership ($100) as you will receive unlimited access to not only the Hill House, but to many historical landmarks around the state as well as the Minnesota History Center which has a unique museum that is fun for both adults and kids.
  • Must see for the history buffs. Tour is long, they say 75 minutes but more like an hour and 45 minutes. Staff is very well trained. Not a lot of furnishings to distract from the architecture in this 36,000 sf house. It is the house that you see, not a museum set up of antiquities. Plus, take a walk down Summit street and to the Cathedral across the street. Plan a half day for this adventure. The homes nearby the Hill house will take a good 2 hour walk. For the history and architecture buff, this visit is a must if you live in St. Paul.

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