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Historic Tour

Join us for our Cabinets of Curiosity Historic Tour at the James J. Hill Center, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and located in historic downtown Saint Paul, across from Rice Park. Take a journey back in time to 1921 and get an inside look at Mr. Hill’s most significant gift to the city, hailed by modern critics as “a high point in Beaux Arts architecture in Minnesota!” Learn the stories, mysteries and intrigue behind the stone walls of the historic reference library and explore secret spots, glass catwalks and high-up spaces. This tour travels up stairs and into narrow corridors of the historic building, but it is fully accessible and may be adjusted for your comfort.

Public Tour

Public tours are available for purchase the third Thursday of each month (10:30AM – 11:30AM) and select weekend dates. Tickets available online by visiting our calendar and selecting the date you wish to attend.

$8 for adults
$6 for children 5-17; free for under 5 years
$6 for seniors, military and students (with ID)
Hill Members are free (email Lindsey Dyer)

Private Group Tours

Private tours of the James J. Hill Center’s historic library are available upon request. Tours maybe scheduled during regular business hours. Private tour requests that fall outside of our regular business hours may include an additional rental fee. Email Lindsey Dyer for details and availability.

$6 per person (minimum of $60 for a private group tour)

School Group Tours

Learn what made Mr. James J. Hill into one of the most recognizable entrepreneurs of the 20th century. In addition to the guided tour of the historic library students will learn what it takes to be an entrepreneur and about the resources available to turn an idea into a business. Content, length and skill level can be adjusted to accommodate curriculum goals. Maximum group size of 30 students; best for 3rd – 12th grades.

School tours may be scheduled during regular business hours. Tour requests that fall outside of regular business hours may include an additional rental fee. Email Lindsey Dyer for details and availability.

Cost: $6 per person/student (minimum of $60 for a private group tour)
Teachers and bus drivers are free. 1 free adult / chaperone included for every 10 students


Patrons with accessibility needs please access our ground floor elevator entrance via Kellogg Ave at the back of the building. Please ring the doorbell on the right hand side of door and a Hill staff member will assist you. If you have questions or concerns please call 651.265.5500. We look forward to having you visit.

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