James J. Hill House

Summit Avenue was St. Paul's premier address when the massive, 36,000-square-foot Hill House was completed in 1891. Students tour four floors of this Gilded Age mansion filled with chandeliers, stained glass, carved woodwork and ingenious mechanical systems that provided heat, power, water and security.

Academic Standards: 

All programs support state of Minnesota academic standards in social studies. Some programs also meet standards in economics.

Field Trip Options

Children's Workshop

Students engage in hands-on activities including etiquette lessons, singing along with the restored pipe organ, a scavenger hunt and more! The 2.5 hour workshop includes a slide show on the Hill Family. Available Mondays and Tuesdays.

Grades: 3, 4, 5, 6
Cost: $9 per person
Details: 2.5 hours


Hill House Tour

Students discover life in a Gilded Age mansion on these lively guided tours. Tailor the tour to suit your class. Content, length and level can be adjusted to include family and servant life, architecture, interior design, and James J. Hill and railroad development.

Grades: Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Homeschool
Cost: $6 per student
Details: 75 minutes


Summit Avenue Walking Tour

Explore the historic neighborhood surrounding the Hill House on these 90-minute tours. Students learn about the leaders who built St. Paul and transformed the Northwest, Gilded Age architectural styles and ongoing preservation work. The tour covers 1.5 miles on Summit Avenue and side streets, ending at the Cathedral of St. Paul.

Grades: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Cost: $8 per student
Details: 90 minutes