House Tours

Take a fascinating glimpse into a transformational time in history and hear stories that bring this 1891 house to life.

Guided House Tour

Thursday – Sunday, January – November

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. 

  • Tours depart every half-hour from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm
  • $8‑12; MNHS members and children ages 4 & under free

Holidays on the Hill Tour

December 1 – 31, 2023

Experience Christmas, 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 are 60 minutes, starting every half-hour based on availability
  • Last tour begins at 3:30 pm
  • $20; children ages 4 & under free. MNHS members save 20%.
Nooks and Crannies tour.

Nooks and Crannies Tour

Get a behind-the-scenes look at areas of the James J. Hill House that are not featured on the standard house tour including the attic theater space, gate house and storage areas generally off-limits to visitors.

Guides will highlight artifacts and fixtures in the home with personal stories from the Hill family and domestic workers. Some locations, including the attic and gate house are not wheelchair accessible.

  • Sundays at 3:30 pm
  • Tours are 90 minutes
  • Ticket price includes self-guided access to the home before the tour; the tour will end as the home is closing so there will be no access after the tour