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.

Attraction Attributes

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

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    "Parades, Palaces, and People: St. Paul Celebrates Winter" Exhibit

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

    Examine Winter Carnival traditions over the years, from ice palaces to parades, through photographs, posters, clothing, and works of art from MNHS' collections.

    In 1885, disparaging comments about St. Paul’s weather by a New York journalist prompted a group of local business leaders to establish an outdoor festival in the depths of Minnesota winter. Kicking off in 1886, the St. Paul Winter Carnival was modeled after a similar festival in Montreal and borrowed many features that make up the rich tradition we know today. Today the Winter Carnival is the oldest winter festival in the United States.

  2. 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.

  3. Easter Egg Hunt

    Easter Egg Hunt

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

    Celebrate spring at the James J. Hill House with an outdoor egg hunt on the lawn. Participants can search for eggs, enjoy a snack, hear stories, and explore the first floor of the elegant Gilded Age home. When the Hill children enjoyed their own egg hunt in 1898, Mrs. Hill noted in her diary, "A large gray and stray rabbit joined them most unexpectedly."

    Doors open at 9:30 am; the hunt begins promptly at 10 am. This event is for children age 2-7. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

  4. Irish Heritage Weekend

    Irish Heritage Weekend

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

    Explore the Irish heritage of one of the most influential families of the Gilded Age. Mary Theresa Mehegan, the daughter of Irish immigrants, wed James Jerome Hill, a young Canadian immigrant of Scotch-Irish stock, who went on to achieve incredible success and fortune with the Great Northern Railway. Though proudly American, the Hill family retained their Irish values and culture through their love of traditional Irish music as well as women's needlepoint and lace-making.

    Theme tours will include favorite Irish songs, organ music and needlework demonstrations. Stories of the Hills and their servants (many of them Irish) will engage visitors in the history of Irish-Americans in Minnesota.

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