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 Day

    Death of the Empire Builder Day

    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. 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.

    Plus, 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.

  3. 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 90-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, 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.

  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.

  5. Mother's Day Weekend Tour

    Mother's Day Weekend Tour

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

    On Mother's Day weekend, enjoy theme tours exploring the life of Mary Hill, the wife of James J. Hill, who raised 10 children and managed a dozen servants at their home. Last tour leaves at 3:30 pm.

  6. Victorian Poetry Slam

    Victorian Poetry Slam

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

    Celebrate Valentine’s Day the old-fashioned way by enjoying classic 19th century poetry in the elegant drawing room of the James J. Hill House. Actors Craig Johnson, Laura Salveson and Ann Daly, wearing 1890s eveningwear, will perform a wide range of humorous and stirring poems by Emily Dickinson, Poe, Longfellow, Browning and more dealing with love, romance, temperance, sports, and war—even poems about James J. Hill! Audience members are also invited to bring a short Victorian poem to read aloud throughout the evening.

    This program occurs at 6 pm and 7:30 pm and will be followed by light refreshments and tours of the Hill House.

  7. Winter on the Hill

    Winter on the Hill

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

    Celebrate winter in Minnesota with special displays of St. Paul Winter Carnival memorabilia, Great Northern Railway Winter Carnival uniforms, snowshoes, a luxurious wolverine carriage blanket, and more.

    Tours of the James J. Hill House every half hour will focus on the Hill family's involvement with the St. Paul Winter Carnival and how they and other St. Paul residents survived, and celebrated, Minnesota's most famous season. Guests can also put together old-fashioned jigsaw puzzles and play games made from household items.

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