Field Trips: James J. Hill House

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James J Hill House.

Explore upstairs-downstairs life at this grand 42-room mansion, built for the Hill family in 1891.

Field trip options

Hill House Tour

Grades K–12
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.

  • $6 per person
  • 75 minutes

Children's Workshop

Grades 3–6
Students engage in hands-on activities including etiquette lessons, Victorian family pastimes, and a riddle tour. The 2.5 hour workshop includes a slide show on the Hill family.

  • Available Mondays and Tuesdays.
  • $9 per person
  • 2.5 hours

Summit Avenue Walking Tour

Grades 4–12 *April-Oct
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.

  • $8 per person
  • 90 minutes

The F. Scott Fitzgerald Walking Tour

Grades 7-12 *April-Oct
Explore the childhood haunts of F. Scott Fitzgerald with a 90-minute walking tour of the St. Paul neighborhood where he spent much of his youth. Students will learn about Fitzgerald's early years, the impact of St. Paul on his writing, and his connections to the Hill family and other prominent neighbors. The tour includes stops at the Summit Ave. home where Fitzgerald wrote his first novel, and his birthplace on Laurel Ave. The tour does not include interiors.

  • $8 per person
  • 90 minutes

Academic standards

All programs support state of Minnesota academic standards in social studies.

James J. Hill House

240 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, Minnesota 55102


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


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

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