Neighborhood Tours

Neighborhood Tours

Get an insider look at the cities’ diverse and historic neighborhoods, from architectural gems to colorful tales of the people who lived and worked there.

All tours are rain or shine. Tours departing from the Minnesota History Center, Mill City Museum, and the James J. Hill House do not include site admission.

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Summit Avenue Walking Tour

Departs James J. Hill House, St. Paul
May 6 - Sept. 30, 2017
Saturdays, 11 am & 2 pm
Sundays, 2 pm
$14/$11 MNHS members

Take a 90-minute walking tour of the Summit Avenue neighborhood, named one of America's "Great Streets" in 2008. The tours highlight the Gilded-Age mansions that line the elite avenue and the people who owned them and built them.

Guides will talk about the architecture, social history and current preservation issues of the historic neighborhood.

The tour covers 1.5 miles. All areas are handicapped accessible, but some side streets are cobblestone and have historic stone curbs.

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Lowertown Walking Tour

Departs Kellogg Blvd. & Robert St., St. Paul
June 10, July 8, Aug. 12, 2017
10:00 am - Noon
$14/$11 MNHS members

Discover St. Paul's Lowertown neighborhood's transformation from sleazy river port to bustling rail hub and industrial center, and from failing urban enclave to thriving urban village.

Explore architectural gems like Union Depot and the Pioneer-Endicott building and uncover tales of the magnates, thieves and dreamers who built the Capital City's hippest neighborhood.

This tour includes two hours of moderately paced walking on uneven terrain.

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West End Walking Tour

Departs St. Stanislaus Church, St. Paul
June 3, July 1, Aug. 5, 2017
10:00 am - Noon
$14/$11 MNHS members

Discover the hidden history of West 7th Street, St. Paul's first neighborhood. The tour features hidden gems of St. Paul architecture along the twisting side streets and the stories of the immigrants, veterans, entrepreneurs, and opportunists who lived and worked there.

This tour includes two hours of moderately paced walking on uneven terrain.

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Cedar-Riverside Walking Tour

Departs Carlson School of Management, Minneapolis
June 27, July 29, Aug. 13, 2017
$18/$14 MNHS members

Take a guided walking tour of one of the most vibrant and diverse neighborhoods in Minneapolis, hearing firsthand stories from insiders along the way. For more than 150 years the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood has welcomed immigrants from all over the world.

Hear about the area's music and theater history, including the 1960s folk and blues scene; how in the 1960s and 1970s college students, hippies, artists and others residents came together to successfully resist urban renewal plans; and how new immigrant groups, specifically Somali, are building businesses, places of worship, and social service agencies while supporting a thriving arts scene.

This tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces.


Rondo Community Bus Tour

Departs Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
July 29, 2017, 10:00 am - Noon and 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$50/$40 MNHS members

St. Paul's African American community centered around Rondo Avenue until it was displaced by Interstate 94 in the 1960s. Meet former Rondo residents and take a closer look at some of the places that preserve and continue Rondo's stories and spirit, including LEX/Taste of Rondo Restaurant, Penumbra Theatre, Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, and Golden Thyme Coffee & Cafe.

This tour includes no more than two blocks of moderately paced walking on uneven terrain. Some historic locations on this tour offer limited accessibility. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.