Field Trips

Explore upstairs-downstairs life at this grand 42-room mansion, built for the Hill family in 1891. Once the largest home in Minnesota, it features state-of-the-art indoor plumbing and ingenious mechanical systems, plus beautiful stained glass and carved woodwork.

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Field Trip Options

Hill House Tour

Students discover life in a Gilded Age mansion on these lively guided tours. Tailor the tour to suit your class. Content, length, and level can be adjusted to include family and servant life, architecture, interior design, and James J. Hill and railroad development.

Grades: Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Homeschool
Cost: $6 per person
Length: 75 minutes

Children's Workshop

Students engage in handson activities including etiquette lessons, singing along with the restored pipe organ, a scavenger hunt, and more! The 2.5 hour workshop includes a slide show on the Hill family. Available Mondays and Tuesdays.

Grades: 3, 4, 5, 6
Cost: $9 per person
Length: 2.5 hours

Summit Avenue Walking Tour

Explore the historic neighborhood surrounding the Hill House on these 90-minute tours. Students learn about the leaders who built St. Paul and transformed the Northwest, Gilded Age architectural styles, and ongoing preservation work. The tour covers 1.5 miles on Summit Avenue and side streets, ending at the Cathedral of St. Paul.

Grades: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Cost: $8 per person
Length: 90 minutes

Academic Standards

All programs support state of Minnesota academic standards in social studies. Some programs also meet standards in economics.

Book a Field Trip

1-888-387-5008
fieldtrips@mnhs.org

Cost

  • $6-9 per student, $60-90 minimum group fee (depending on program)
  • Teachers FREE
  • One free adult per 10 students

Details

  • Length: 75 minutes to 2.5 hours
  • Free bus parking on the street. Please turn bus engines off.

Scholarships

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