James J. Hill House

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  • $10 adults, $8 seniors, veterans/active military, and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members


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  • 1/2 block W of the Cathedral of St. Paul. Parking on Summit Ave. & adjacent streets. GPS: 44.9454,-93.1093

Other Date Information

  • Open Wednesday-Saturday 10 am-4 pm, Sunday 1-4 pm. Art gallery and museum store are open Monday-Saturday 10 am-4 pm, Sunday 1-4 pm.

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  • Accessible to Disabled
  • Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more

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  1. Death of the Empire Builder Weekend

    Death of the Empire Builder Weekend

    240 Summit Ave
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 297-2555

    James J. Hill, known as the "Empire Builder" for his work building a network of rail and shipping lines from the Great Lakes to the Pacific Ocean, died in his Summit Avenue home on May 29, 1916, at age 77. Hill left behind a personal fortune of $63 million. As one of the wealthiest and most powerful figures of America's Gilded Age, Hill embodied the era of Manifest Destiny.

    Tours will emphasize Hill's career and the public's reaction to his death. Guests can view displays of photographs and newspaper articles, and a small selection of memorial volumes, including one given to the family by the Great Northern Railway, created by Tiffany and Company. Guest organists will play music used at Hill's funeral.

  2. F. Scott Fitzgerald Walking Tour

    F. Scott Fitzgerald Walking Tour

    79 Western Ave N
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 297-2555

    Explore the childhood haunts of F. Scott Fitzgerald with a 75-minute guided walking tour of the St. Paul neighborhood where he spent much of his youth. Participants will hear about Fitzgerald's early years, his relationship with his wife, Zelda, the impact of St. Paul on his writing, and his connections to the Hill family and other prominent neighbors. Guides will also discuss the importance of the neighborhood to other writers, from Sinclair Lewis to Garrison Keillor, Patricia Hampl, and August Wilson.

    The tour begins at the Commodore Bar & Restaurant at 79 Western Ave., and includes stops at 599 Summit Ave., where Fitzgerald wrote his first novel, This Side of Paradise, and his birthplace at 481 Laurel Ave. Tour stops do not include interiors.

  3. Father's Day Weekend Tour

    Father's Day Weekend Tour

    240 Summit Ave
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 297-2555

    On Father's Day weekend, enjoy theme tours exploring James J. Hill's life as the father of 10 children on Saturday. Last tour leaves at 3:30 pm.

  4. Ice Cream Social & Lawn Party

    Ice Cream Social & Lawn Party

    240 Summit Ave
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 297-2555

    Beat the Fourth of July heat with root beer floats and lawn games at the James J. Hill House before watching the fireworks. Enjoy hands-on children's activities, challenge yourself to find the mushroom cave, or lounge on the terrace taking in views of the Mississippi River and downtown St. Paul.

    In the event of rain, visitors can enjoy a film screening indoors.

  5. Labor History Weekend Tour

    Labor History Weekend Tour

    240 Summit Ave
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 297-2555

    During Labor Day weekend, visitors can enjoy tours highlighting the rich labor history of James J. Hill's world. Learn about the artisans who constructed the mansion, the lives of the home's domestic staff, the railroad workers who built and ran Hill's empire, Hill's clashes with labor organizers, and more.

    Last tour leaves at 3:30 pm.

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