James J. Hill House

Large dining room with a long dining table

The Gilded Age mansion of "The Empire Builder"

Large dining room with a long dining table

The Gilded Age mansion of
"The Empire Builder"

Explore upstairs and downstairs life in Minnesota's Downton Abbey — a 36,000-square-foot mansion built for railroad titan James J. Hill.

Tour group standing outside front of James J. Hill House

House tours

Guided House Tours

Wednesday through Saturday, May – September

Learn about James J. Hill’s influence on the region and about his network of family members, servants, workers, and guests. Marvel at the impressive house details such as chandeliers, stained glass, and hand-carved woodwork sprawled throughout the home. Last tour is at 3:30 pm.

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Self-Guided Sundays

Sundays, May – September

Visit the James J. Hill House as the Hill family and their servants would have, without a guide. Spend more time in your favorite rooms and go at your own pace to explore the first, second, and third floors of the mansion. Last entry is at 3:30 pm.

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The largest house in St. Paul

The rugged stone, massive scale, fine detail, and ingenious mechanical systems of this magnificent Gilded Age mansion recall the powerful presence of James J. Hill, builder of the Great Northern Railway.

With 13 bathrooms, 22 fireplaces, 16 chandeliers, a reception hall nearly 100 feet long, sophisticated technical systems, and a two-story, skylit art gallery, it was once the largest private residence in the state.

The home served as the center for the public and private lives of the Hill family for 30 years. It was named a National Historic Landmark in 1961.

Exterior photo of the front house, from the northwest corner

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