James J. Hill House

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James J. Hill House
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • History Museums
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
Rugged stone, massive scale, fine detail and ingenious mechanical systems recall the powerful presence of James J. Hill, builder of the Great Northern Railway. Guides lead tours that help you imagine family and servant life in the Gilded Age mansion, the setting of the public and private lives of the Hill family. The James J. Hill House is a National Historic Landmark. The home also includes an art gallery, which features work from the Minnesota Historical Society's collections.
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Wisconsin20 contributions
Step back in time!
Oct 2021
The tour guide was amazing, she knew so much history and was a great story teller. No boring stuffy history here. Walk the back halls to where the staff worked hard every day too. Loved seeing it all. Highly recommend!!
Written 9 November 2021
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Kathi M
147 contributions
Historic
Sep 2021
We enjoyed this house tour. Appropos since he was called the "Empire Builder" and that's the train we came into town on...aptly named after him. Interesting history and beautiful house.
Written 28 September 2021
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John M
ASHLAND8 contributions
wonderful
Sep 2021
We had a free one hour tour. facinating history of the area. Beautiful house and ornate decorations.
Written 13 September 2021
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Brendan S
Arlington, VA1,197 contributions
Interesting history
Jul 2021 • Solo
James J Hill was the first major railroad baron in America and one of the richest men in America; something I did not know until I took the thorough tour of his house. While it’s huge at over 36,000 square feet, it’s not nearly as palatial or opulent as other mansions like the Biltmore. Although Hill had a huge art collection, almost none of the art, and few of the original furnishings, remain in the house. Rather than install reproduced furnishings based on photos or period pieces, the Historical Society has left many of the rooms empty. This mansion is therefore not quite as impressive as some that do retain the original furnishings and art.
Written 6 July 2021
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Houston_Eriol
Houston322 contributions
Most amazing house we have toured
Jun 2021
Absolutely amazing. We were the first tour on the first day of being opening after the start of the pandemic. But our tour guide was not rusty at all and gave a great tour of this amazing house. We love to tour these types of places to learn the history. But we have never toured a house this big. It is beautiful inside and well preserved. Well worth the admission.
Written 17 June 2021
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Dave-Bowman2016
11 contributions
Historical Gem of the Midwest!
Sep 2019
The James J. Hill House is one of those hidden architectural treasures that one may miss unless they hear of it by word of mouth. It's just a house, right? Hardly. This amazing structure and testament to American Ingenuity and Entrepreneurism is a must-see. It remains in near time capsule form. One of the most expensive residences ever built in America at the time, it is HUGE beyond comprehension, and yet humble in a way, for a person and family of such great stature and wealth. I don't want to give too much away, but if you appreciate unique architecture, finery, and grandeur of an age gone by, that will never be possible again....you owe it to yourself to see this home. Highly recommended.
Written 12 August 2020
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Dan P
Denton, United States233 contributions
Beautiful Building with nice history
Jun 2020
Closed inside due to COVID 19. History of structure and view was nice from street level. Hope it opens soon for visitors again
Written 18 June 2020
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John L
25 contributions
Awesome historical tours
Jan 2020 • Family
Great job by Sophie our host. She gave us a great tour of the location, told us about the history and the family. If you have some time it is worth the stop. The house was way ahead of its time for the era. James Hill was an interesting person who was very well off .
Written 23 January 2020
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Madogfechan
Bishopton, UK307 contributions
Built to Impress!
Dec 2019 • Couples
This house was certainly built to impress, no money spared! Great location, prime site on its street with equally impressive neighbours. It would seem that James Hill didn’t actually spend much time in the house as he was a workaholic but his wife did, sharing her time between this house and their other properties. Comfortable spaces, lots of portraits and memorabilia etc. Our guide was great, very informative and able to answer all questions thrown at him. Well worth a visit.
Written 13 January 2020
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A May M
Grande Prairie, Canada158 contributions
Fabulous home
Dec 2019 • Couples
The home and the history is amazing. The tour guide was very good. But for a historical home I was very disappointed in the Christmas decorations up
Written 30 December 2019
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  • Sun - Sun 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Wed - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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