Take a fascinating glimpse into a transformational time in history and hear stories that bring this 1891 house to life.
Guided House Tour
January – November
Wednesday – Sunday
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 36,000-square-foot home. Discover original mechanical systems that provided heat, light, water, ventilation, and security.
Tours are designed for people of all ages.
- Tours are 75 minutes, starting every half-hour based on availability
- Last tour begins at 3:30 pm
- $6‑10; MNHS members and children ages 4 & under free
Nooks & Crannies Tour
Tuesdays, June 5 – August 28, 2018
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the back staircases, dust chutes, silver vault, and more. Visitors will see the top-floor attic with original theater, take the back stairs to the basement, view storage areas not on the regular tour, and take a peek inside the gatehouse overlooking Summit Avenue. Guides will also discuss the technological innovations present in the house at the time of its construction in the late 19th century and the difficulties of preserving such a building today.
- Tours are 90 minutes
- $14-$18 adults, MNHS members save 20%
Spark! Tours for People with Memory Loss
First Tuesday of every month, 10-11 am
Take a sensory-based tour designed for people with memory loss and their caregiver. Each themed tour highlights three rooms in the James J. Hill House.
Christmas Traditions Guided House Tour
2018 dates TBA
In the 1890s, St. Paul’s Summit Avenue was a holiday destination where friends and neighbors would gather together to celebrate the Christmas season and welcome the New Year. On this holiday tour, discover holiday celebrations of the past through the stories of those who lived and worked on Summit Avenue, including excerpts from Hill family letters and journals and rare historic photographs of the neighborhood.