James J. Hill House

The Gilded Age mansion of "The Empire Builder"

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Guided house tours

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 10:00 am–3:30 pm
Friday: 10:00 am–3:30 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am–3:30 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am–3:30 pm


All hours


Adults: $15
Seniors (65+), Veterans, Active military, College students: $12
Children ages 5-17: $8
Children age 4 and under: Free
MNHS members: Free
Blue Star Families (Armed Forces Day–Labor Day): Free (On-site only)

Museums for All (Free Admission)
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Getting here

240 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55102

Free parking is available on Summit Avenue and adjacent streets.

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What to see and do

Guided house tours

Thursday–Sunday, January–November
(No tours Monday through Wednesday)

Learn about James J. Hill’s influence on the region and about his network of family members, servants, workers, and guests. Marvel at the impressive house details such as chandeliers, stained glass, and hand-carved woodwork sprawled throughout the home. Admission includes self-guided access to the first floor of the mansion and a 60-minute guided tour of the entire house. Last tour is at 3:30 pm.

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Holidays on the Hill


Experience Christmas in 1910—both upstairs and downstairs—in the sumptuous Gilded Age mansion of railroad titan James J. Hill.

Admission includes self-guided access to holiday-themed exhibits and a 60-minute guided tour highlighting holiday stories and memories from both the Hill family and their staff.

Tours start every half hour based on availability throughout the season. The last tour begins at 3:30 pm.

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Upcoming events

  • Most Saturdays and Sundays Jun 1-Sept 29, 2024 at 11:15 am and 2:15pm 

    Join our knowledgeable guides on a tour to learn about Summit Avenue architecture, social history, and preservation issues.
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    Join in our all-ages public bash and enjoy an evening of live music, lawn games, food and refreshments, and even a car show!