Alexander Ramsey House

Living room wide angle photo

Discover the personal side of Victorian history

living room

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.

The house is open for special events year-round. Summer tours begin May 26.

265 S. Exchange St., St. Paul, MN 55102
ramseyhouse@mnhs.org | 651-296-8760

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

Summer guided house tours

Tour guide talking to a group of people.

Saturdays, May 26 – September 1, 2018

Explore the legacy of the Ramsey family and those who worked for them through the items they saved. Special objects (some never before seen) highlight stories of the personal and political, and connect the family and their era to today.

  • Tours are 60 minutes
  • Tours begin at 10 am, 11 am, noon, 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm

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 doll on chair

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