Make your wedding day historic!


The James J. Hill Center has awed and inspired visitors with its historical intrigue and stunning architecture since it opened to the public in 1921. An incomparably grand space that accommodates up to 300 guests.  With its expansive ceiling and columns carved from Kettle River sandstone, the Hill sets an unique and inspirational backdrop for one of the most important days of your life.

Couples travel far to take advantage of our incredible space – it barely needs any decoration for the big day! And our amazing location in the heart of downtown St. Paul is convenient to award-winning hotels, restaurants, and entertainment. The Hill Centers library’s book-lined Reading Room brings to mind intellect, learning, and the wonders of literature.

Our professional events staff work hard to ensure your event goes smoothly by maintaining close contact with your vendors, guiding you through the layout process, and taking care of details you might forget in the hustle and bustle of the big day.

Best of all, when you book an event with the James J. Hill Center, you can be proud of where your money is going. The revenue generated by weddings helps further our nonprofit mission of connecting businesses, entrepreneurs and community to research, knowledge and network. This means that as you start a new chapter in your life, you also are helping Minnesota entrepreneurs and strengthening our economy. What a legacy to leave!

For additional information, please review the documents below. Tours are conducted Tuesday through Friday until 4:00 p.m., based upon availability. We look forward to meeting you and helping make your special day the best it can be!

Please note: An Individual level membership is required for all rental opportunities.

Look at our Space
Wedding Rental Guide 2018
Additional Audio Visual Rental Options

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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.