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

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  • 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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Events

  1. "Art From the Edge of the Boreal Forest: Reflecting Biodiversity"

    "Art From the Edge of the Boreal Forest: Reflecting Biodiversity"

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

    The centuries-old tradition of botanical art blends scientific observation with artistic rendering. For the past 10 years, a group of traditionally trained botanical artists has explored the effects of a warming climate on the iconic boreal forest in northern Minnesota.

    Working with climatologists, naturalists, and other specialists, they identified 10 Minnesota trees that are most vulnerable to climate change: balsam poplar, balsam fir, black spruce, white spruce, jack pine, red pine, paper birch, quaking aspen, black ash, and tamarack.

    This exhibit highlights specific aspects of these 10 trees in works by Vicki Barth, Wendy Brockman, Marj Davis, Kathy Franzen, Nancy Gehrig, Debra Greenblatt, Julie Martinez, Mary Anne O'Malley, Kathleen Reeves, and Bruce Wilson. Also on exhibit are items by woodturner Bob Carls, who crafts vessels from wood harvested from these trees.

    This exhibit is on view through June 21, 2020.

  2. "Daddy Long Legs" by the Minneapolis Musical Theatre

    "Daddy Long Legs" by the Minneapolis Musical Theatre

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

    Minneapolis Musical Theatre brings the off-Broadway musical "Daddy Long Legs" to the intimate setting of the James J. Hill House.

    This two-person chamber musical follows Jerusha Abbott, who has grown up in an orphanage and whose mysterious benefactor sends her to college to become a writer. Jerusha dubs her benefactor "Daddy Long Legs" after seeing his long and spidery shadow.

    "Daddy Long Legs" features music and lyrics by Paul Gordon and was adapted for the stage by Tony-award winning director and writer John Caird. It is based on the 1912 novel by Jean Webster.

    The Minneapolis Musical Theatre production is directed by Amanda Weis with music direction by Jean Orbison Van Heel.

  3. Christmas Saturdays

    Christmas Saturdays

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

    Go at your own pace and explore the James J. Hill House on a self-guided tour to see how the Hill family and their servants prepared for the holidays.

    Visit the first, second, and third floors of the mansion and engage with staff who will share the history of the home. This program includes a hands-on activity for children.

    Last entry is at 3:30 pm.

  4. Christmas Traditions Guided House Tour

    Christmas Traditions Guided House Tour

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

    Get in the holiday spirit with a guided tour and learn about Christmas traditions for the Hill family and their servants.

    Guides bring visitors through the basement, first and second floors while sharing family stories and memories, including Mrs. Hill's lavish seven-course holiday meal in 1910, how the servants kept their own holiday traditions, and family stories and memories that still resonate today.

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

  5. 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 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, newspaper articles, and a small selection of memorial volumes, including one by Tiffany and Company given to the family by the Great Northern Railway.

    Last tour leaves at 3:30 pm.

  6. Don Irwin Holiday Concert

    Don Irwin Holiday Concert

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

    Renowned pianist Don Irwin brings his annual holiday concert to the James J. Hill House, featuring holiday classics and favorite requests.

  7. 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 ages 2-7. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

  8. 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.Tours are led by James J. Hill House guides.

    Visitors 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 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.

  9. Master of Illusion Live Performance

    Master of Illusion Live Performance

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

    London, December 1920: It had never been done before; a small-time magician stood on the stage of St. George's Hall in front of a handful of influential booking agents.

    The magician, P. T. Selbit, carefully tied an assistant into a pine box, methodically sectioned the box with sheets of glass and steel, and paused. Then he picked up a saw and tore through the center of the box, sawing the woman in half and ensuring his fame in the process.

    For two nights only, the James J. Hill House will present, live, the ultimate of illusions: the Selbit Sawing with artist and performer Michael Callahan.

    This program starts at 7, 8, and 9 pm and is suitable for age 18 and up.

  10. 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.

  11. Sherlock Holmes & the Case of the Christmas Carol

    Sherlock Holmes & the Case of the Christmas Carol

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

    See a unique twist on a holiday favorite in the lavish setting of the historic James J. Hill House.This reimagining of Victorian classics takes its inspiration from the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Charles Dickens.

    Holmes is in a very Scrooge-like state three years following the death of his nemesis Professor Moriarty. While Watson's efforts to draw him out prove unsuccessful, a visit from the spirit of Moriarty warns of Holmes' damnation and heralds the coming of three more spirits who are charged with his salvation.

    "Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol" is written by John Longenbaugh and directed by Joe Hendren. This production is recommended for ages 10 and up.

  12. 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.

  13. Winter on the Hill

    Winter on the Hill

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

    Celebrate winter in Minnesota with tours, displays, and more focused on this season in the North Star State. Every half hour, house tours will focus on the Hill family's involvement with the St. Paul Winter Carnival and how they and other St. Paul residents survived, and even celebrated, Minnesota's most famous season.

    Plus, see special displays of St. Paul Winter Carnival memorabilia, Great Northern Railway Winter Carnival uniforms, snowshoes, a luxurious wolverine carriage blanket, and more. Guests can also put together old-fashioned jigsaw puzzles and play games made from household items.

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