St. Paul Tours

Discover the history that makes the Twin Cities unique with a walking tour from MNHS.

St. Paul Tours

All tours are rain or shine.

Summit Avenue Walking Tour

Departs James J. Hill House, St. Paul
Summer 2019
$10-14/MNHS members save 20%

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.

F. Scott Fitzgerald Walking Tour

Departs Commodore Hotel, St. Paul
Summer 2019
$10-14/MNHS members save 20%

Celebrate Fitzgerald's birthday in the neighborhood where he spent his youth. See his birthplace and the house where he wrote his first novel, This Side of Paradise.

Tour stops do not include interiors.

Nooks & Crannies Tour

Departs James J. Hill House, St. Paul
Summer 2019
$14-18/MNHS members save 20%

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the back staircases, dust chutes, silver vault, and more on this tour of the Hill House. 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 run 90 minutes and leave every half hour between 5 pm and 7:30 pm.

Original St. Paul Walking Tour

Departs St. Stanislaus Church, St. Paul
Summer 2019
$14/MNHS members save 20%

Explore the delightful peculiarities of West 7th Street, St. Paul's original neighborhood. Discover hidden gems of St. Paul architecture along the twisting side streets, and dive into the stories of the veterans, entrepreneurs, opportunists, and German, Italian, and Czech immigrants who lived and worked in the Capital City's first neighborhood.

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

Downtown Walking Tour

Departs northwest corner of Kellogg and Wabasha, St. Paul
Summer 2019
$14/MNHS members save 20%

Unearth the secrets behind downtown St. Paul's transformation from wild prairie to modern power center.

Find out how downtown grew from hardscrabble river port where soap was scarce to become a Gilded Age bustling hub of business and culture built by robber barons, impresarios and crime bosses to rival Chicago and New York.

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