James J. Hill House

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


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  • 240 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, 55102. 1/2 block W of the Cathedral of St. Paul. Parking on Summit Ave. & adjacent streets. GPS: 44.9454,-93.1093

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  • Open Wednesday-Saturday 10 am to 4 pm, Sunday 1 to 4 pm.

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

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  1. "Attack on New Ulm: One Painting, Many Perspectives" Exhibit

    "Attack on New Ulm: One Painting, Many Perspectives" Exhibit

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

    View the 1904 painting "Attack on New Ulm" by Anton Gag in the Hill House art gallery and explore what it means to people today in Minnesota and around the United States. Then share your thoughts about its role in Minnesota history. The painting will be on display through January 14, 2018.

    Support for the display is provided by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.

  2. Christmas Saturdays for Families

    Christmas Saturdays for Families

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

    Make a Victorian cornucopia in the parlor, then go room-to-room collecting special items to put inside of it as you explore three floors of the mansion during the holidays. Staff will be stationed throughout the house for questions. Visitors can drop in for this program; however, the art activity ends at 4 pm. We suggest allowing 1.5 hours for this visit.

    This program is designed for families with younger children.

  3. Christmas Traditions Guided House Tour

    Christmas Traditions Guided House Tour

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

    In the 1890s, St. Paul’s Summit Avenue was a holiday destination where friends and neighbors would gather together to celebrate the Christmas season and welcome the New Year. On this holiday tour, discover holiday celebrations of the past through the stories of those who lived and worked on Summit Avenue, including excerpts from Hill family letters and journals and rare historic photographs of the neighborhood.

    Tours run 60 minutes with the last tour time at 3:30 pm.

  4. F. Scott Fitzgerald Walking Tour

    F. Scott Fitzgerald Walking Tour

    79 Western Ave N
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 259-3015

    Celebrate F. Scott Fitzgerald's birthday, with a 75-minute guided walking tour of the St. Paul neighborhood where he spent much of his youth. The tour begins at the Commodore Hotel, 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.

    Participants will hear about Fitzgerald's early years, his relationship with his wife, Zelda, the impact of St. Paul on his stories and novels, 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.

  5. Summit Avenue Walking Tours

    Summit Avenue Walking Tours

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

    Join these popular outdoor tours of the historic Summit Avenue neighborhood! Tours begin at the James J. Hill House and proceed west along Summit Avenue, named one of America's "Great Streets," return via side streets and alleyways, and conclude outside the Cathedral of St. Paul. Guided tours focus on the architecture, original owners, social history, and current preservation issues facing this nationally recognized historic district. The tour covers 1.5 miles and uses public sidewalks and parks. All areas are handicapped accessible, but some side streets are cobblestone and have historic stone curbs. Sat: 11:00am & 2:00pm, Sun: 2:00pm

  6. Victorian Christmas Carols

    Victorian Christmas Carols

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

    A lively concert by costumed singers explores the rise in popularity of Christmas carols during the 19th century. Hear familiar favorites and discover new gems!

    The one-hour concert in the Hill House art gallery includes light refreshments and tours, included with admission, following the performance.

  7. Victorian Christmas Stories

    Victorian Christmas Stories

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

    A storytelling performance by costumed actors of classic 19th-century Christmas stories, including Charles Dickens, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Willa Cather, Hans Christian Anderson and others.

    Light refreshments and a tour of the Hill House decorated for the holidays are included with admission.

  8. Victorian Ghost Stories

    Victorian Ghost Stories

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

    Hear dramatic readings of 19th-century ghost stories in the dimly light parlor of the James J. Hill House. Two weekends of suspense are available with different readings each weekend. The one-hour program includes works by Edgar Allan Poe, Edith Wharton and the Brothers Grimm, as well as lesser-known authors of the period, plus some “true” ghost stories. This program is not recommended for children under age 8. The presentation will be followed by a tour of the Hill House (included in admission) and hot cider will be served.

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