House Tours

Take a fascinating glimpse into a transformational time in history and hear stories that bring this 1891 house to life.

Tour options depend on the time of year:

Christmas Traditions Guided House Tour

Holiday season, 2019

Get in the holiday spirit with a guided tour and learn about Christmas traditions for the Hill family and their servants. Guides bring visitors through the basement, first and second floors while sharing family stories and memories, including Mrs. Hill's lavish seven-course holiday meal in 1910, how the servants kept their own holiday traditions, and family stories and memories that still resonate today.

  • Tours are 60 minutes, starting every half-hour based on availability
  • Last tour begins at 3:30 pm
  • $8‑12; Children ages 4 & under free
Woman sitting at large pipe organ with people looking up at the pipes.

Guided House Tour

January – November
Wednesday – Saturday
Sundays from Jan. – April and Oct. – Nov.

Learn about James J. Hill’s influence on the region and about his network of family members, servants, workers, and guests.

Marvel at the impressive house details such as chandeliers, stained glass, and hand-carved woodwork sprawled throughout the 36,000-square-foot home. Discover original mechanical systems that provided heat, light, water, ventilation, and security.

Tours are designed for people of all ages.

  • Tours are 75 minutes, starting every half-hour based on availability
  • Last tour begins at 3:30 pm
  • $6‑10; MNHS members and children ages 4 & under free
Dining room.

Self-Guided Sundays

Sundays, May – September

Visit the James J. Hill House as the Hill family and their servants would have, without a guide. Spend more time in your favorite rooms and go at your own pace to explore the first, second, and third floors of the mansion.

  • Last entry is at 3:30 pm
  • $6‑10; MNHS members and children ages 4 & under free
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Nooks & Crannies Tour

Tuesday evenings, June - August

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the back staircases, dust chutes, silver vault, and more. Visitors will see the top-floor attic with original theater, take the back stairs to the basement, view storage areas not on the regular tour, and take a peek inside the gatehouse overlooking Summit Avenue. Guides will also discuss the technological innovations present in the house at the time of its construction in the late 19th century and the difficulties of preserving such a building today.

  • Tours are 90 minutes
  • The first tour starts at 5:00 pm, and the last one is at 7:30 pm, and every half hour in between
  • $14-$18 adults, MNHS members save 20%
Man sitting between two women

Spark! Tours for People with Memory Loss

First Tuesday of every month, 10-11 am

Take a sensory-based tour designed for people with memory loss and their caregiver. Each themed tour highlights three rooms in the James J. Hill House.

  • Free, but reservations are required
  • Call 651-259-3015 to make a reservation or register online
  • Private memory loss tours are available by appointment on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10-11 am; call 651-259-3015 or email boxoffice@mnhs.org

Group tours

All themed tours can also be reserved for private group tours.