James J. Hill Center Statement Regarding Current Closure

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Historic Tour

The James J. Hill Center is 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.

The James J. Hill Center is currently closed to the public and is evaluating all options related to the future of the institution and its historic building in downtown St. Paul. The organization has served the community since opening in 1921 with a gift from the estate of James J. Hill, an early industrialist and community leader in Minnesota.

Please note that the James J. Hill Center is a private nonprofit and is not affiliated with the Minnesota Historical Society, the City of Saint Paul or the James J. Hill House.


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.