James J. Hill House

Explore upstairs-downstairs life at this grand 42-room mansion, built for the Hill family in 1891. Once the largest home in Minnesota, it features state-of-the-art indoor plumbing and ingenious mechanical systems, plus beautiful stained glass and carved woodwork.

Academic Standards: 

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

Field Trip Options

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 person
Details: 75 minutes

Children's Workshop

Students engage in handson activities including etiquette lessons, Victorian family pastimes, and a riddle tour. 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

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 person
Details: 90 minutes