The Gilded Age mansion of "The Empire Builder"
James J. Hill House
The Gilded Age mansion of
"The Empire Builder"
Guided house tours
Wednesday through Sunday (no tours on Monday or Tuesday)
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. Discover original mechanical systems that provided heat, light, water, ventilation, and security.
- Designed for people of all ages.
- Tours are 75 minutes, starting every half-hour based on availability
- $6‑10; MNHS members and children ages 4 & under free
On view in the art gallery
Parades, Palaces, and People: St. Paul Celebrates Winter
Jan. 28–April 2, 2018
Examine St. Paul Winter Carnival traditions over the years, from ice palaces to parades, through photographs, posters, clothing, and works of art from MNHS' collections. The Winter Carnival is the oldest winter festival in the United States.
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.