Alexander Ramsey House

Living room with a small Christmas tree on a table

Discover the personal side of Victorian history

Discover the personal side of Victorian history

Get a fascinating glimpse into the lives, culture, and customs of the 1870s at the Alexander Ramsey House, a Victorian-era home filled with thousands of original family items and furnishings. The home was built by Minnesota's first territorial governor.

Exterior view of Alexander Ramsey House entrance, with orange and yellow leaves

A Victorian Christmas Guided House Tour

A man waiting on the steps in front of the door, with garland and wreath decorations

Thursdays through Sundays, Nov. 24 – Dec. 31

Experience Christmas 1875 on this 60-minute tour, with cookies fresh from the wood-burning stove and holiday music on the piano. Plus, shop for replica Victorian ornaments and holiday gifts!

An 1872 decorative arts masterpiece

Alexander Ramsey rose within the political ranks of Pennsylvania before coming with his wife Anna and the first of their three children to Minnesota in 1849. He eventually served as the state's second governor, mayor of St. Paul, a U.S. senator, and a secretary of war.

Three generations of the Ramsey family came to occupy this handsome native limestone home. In 1964, on the death of the last surviving family member, it was willed to MNHS — which Ramsey himself founded.

Study in Alexander Ramsey House, with Christmas garland around the mirror

Shop at Ramsey House

The Ramsey House gift shop in the carriage house offers a variety of distinctive gift items, keepsakes, and books.

The gift shop is open during events and tours.

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