Attraction Spotlight: James J. Hill House

Posted by Kris Lindahl on Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 at 11:29am.

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The James J. Hill House is an awesome attraction in St. Paul. James J. Hill was the builder of the Great Northern Railway and his home is now a National Historic Landmark. You’ll see rugged stone, massive scale and ingenious mechanical systems.

Take a guided tour with your family through the James J. Hill House where you’ll see what life was like in the servant life in the Gilded Age mansion. The house shares the public and privates lives of the Hills family in a 75-minute tour. Here is a look at what you’ll experience at the James J. Hill House.


The 75-minute guided tour is truly the best way to experience this attraction. You’ll be guided through four floors around the home and see the short video on James J. Hill. They recommend you make a reservation but they do offer tours every half hour.

While you’re there, you’ll explore the art gallery and their changing exhibit space. This area offers a bit of Minnesota art and artists. You can also visit during their special events. Special events can include theatrical events, themed tours and even concerts. Group tours are available as well.

The Tour

You’ll get to see what life was like in 1891 when James J. Hill impacted economic transformation in the region. During the visit you will see what the social system was like back in the 19th century with family members in the home and their servants, workers and guests. The house contains beautiful chandeliers, stained glass and hand-carved woodwork.

If you want to skip the tour, you can still visit the art gallery with the changing exhibits, the drawing room and music room. Bring children or a group as they have special tours for kids and groups. You’ll also want to check out the small gift store by the ticket desk.


The attraction is handicapped accessible with elevators, ramps and restrooms. You can park on Summit Avenue and adjacent streets. Admission is $9 for adults and $6 for children.

The James J. Hill House is located at 240 Summit Avenue in St. Paul. Come check out this beautiful historic landmark and see what life was like back then. 

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