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. "Eternal Beauty: Paintings by Nicholas Brewer"

    "Eternal Beauty: Paintings by Nicholas Brewer"

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

    Nicholas R. Brewer (1857-1949) was born in Olmstead County in the Minnesota Territory, came to maturity during the Gilded Age, and became one of Minnesota's most celebrated portrait and landscape painters.

    With only scant formal training, Brewer quickly earned recognition in Minnesota, New York, and Chicago. A personal friend of James J. Hill, Brewer often brought students to Hill’s home on Summit Avenue to view his art collection. His later career took him across the country, from California to Florida, exhibiting his work and lecturing to an appreciative public.

    Eternal Beauty highlights Nicholas Brewer's remarkable career with more than 30 paintings drawn from the Society's permanent collection and from several private collections.

  2. F. Scott Fitzgerald Walking Tour

    F. Scott Fitzgerald Walking Tour

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

    Explore the childhood haunts of F. Scott Fitzgerald with a 90-minute walking tour of the St. Paul neighborhood where he spent much of his youth, led by a James J. Hill House guide.

    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, like Sinclair Lewis, 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.

    All areas of the tour are accessible for those with limited mobility, but some side streets are cobblestone and have historic stone curbs.

  3. 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.

  4. Self-Guided Sundays

    Self-Guided Sundays

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

    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.

    Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free.

    Visit the MNHS website for tickets.

  5. Self-Guided Sundays

    Self-Guided Sundays

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

    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. Summit Avenue Walking Tour

    Summit Avenue Walking Tour

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

    Take a 90-minute walking tour of the Summit Avenue neighborhood, highlighting the Gilded Age mansions lining the elite avenue and the people who owned and built them. Guides will talk about the architecture, social history, and current preservation issues of this historic neighborhood.

    The tour starts at the James J. Hill House and covers 1.5 miles. All areas are accessible for those with mobility concerns, but some side streets are cobblestone and have historic stone curbs. Tours do not include home interiors.

    Tours begin at 11 am and 2 pm on Saturdays, and 2 pm on Sundays.

    $14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 ages 5-17, MNHS members save 20%

    Visit the MNHS website for tickets.

  7. The Leap Ensemble Presents: A Hapsburg House Party

    The Leap Ensemble Presents: A Hapsburg House Party

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

    Join The Leap Ensemble for an evening of musical playtime drawn from music composed for Viennese salons, with works by composers like Martines, Mozart, Scarlatti, Handel, and Pittonini.

    Austria in the 1700s was the birthplace of the classical music we still love today, but it wasn't created in the aristocratic palaces of Vienna. It was brought to life in weekly jam sessions hosted by Marianna Martines, a student of Haydn, a friend to Mozart, and a composer herself. Every Sunday musicians and composers came to her salons to inspire and compete with one another, improvising new musical ideas and showing off their latest creations.

    $15-20

    Visit the MNHS website for tickets.

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