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Tours

Like many similar historic properties, the Minnesota Governor's Residence is periodically opened for public tours. Learn about upcoming opportunities to tour the Governor's Residence here.

Schedule

Check here to see upcoming opportunities to take a public tour of the Minnesota Governor's Residence.

Tour Info

Taking a tour of the Governor's Residence? Come here first for a rundown on what to expect and how to prepare.

Virtual Tour

If you're unable to take an in-person tour of the Governor's Residence, take a 'virtual tour' with our online resources, photos and videos.

Special Events

Here you'll find information about special events, seasonal displays and other occasions happening at the Governor's Residence.

About the Holiday Tours

The interior of the home is expertly decorated by five local designers, who have created signature looks for the public spaces at the Residence. These designers, from Studio Emme, Mama’s Happy, Scusi, Susie Ries Interiors and Foxglove Market & Studio, have generously donated the design, materials, and installation of the holiday decorations. With additional participation and decorations from the 1006 Society and Regan’s Brain. In the Solarium, there will be a live 10-foot tree, donated by Happyland Tree Farm from Sandstone, Minnesota. The tree is decorated with ornaments created by local elementary school students.

During the tours, volunteer docents from the Women’s Auxiliary of the Minnesota Historical Society will be on hand to answer questions in each room on the First Floor and Lower Level of the Residence. The 1006 Summit Avenue Society will be offering a selection of merchandise available for purchase at each tour. Proceeds from the sale will help to support the historic Residence. The following performers will be volunteering at the holiday tours: December 6- Robbinsdale Armstrong Chamber Singers; December 13- Pianist Paulette Day; December 20- South St. Paul Secondary Acapella Singers.

A 20-foot Balsam Fir tree will be on display on the front lawn of the Residence. The tree was harvested from the Nemadji State Forest, in Pine County by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and members of Conservation Corps Minnesota. Rocket Crane Company donated services to help with the installation of the tree, and it is decorated by Warner’s Outdoor Solutions with over 14,000 LED lights. It will be lit for the first time on the evening of December 1. The gates outside the Residence decorated with fresh spruce garland and the wreaths hanging on the front doorway are donated by Mickman Brothers from Ham Lake, Minnesota. Four holiday baskets are hung under the porte-cochere are donated by Bachman’s Floral Gift and Garden. The Summit Avenue entrance is decorated by Heidi’s Lifestyle Gardens from Corcoran, Minnesota.

During the tours, volunteer docents from the Women's Auxiliary of the Minnesota Historical Society will be on hand to answer questions in each room on the First Floor and Lower Level of the Residence. Holiday tours are open house style, a first-come, first-served basis, and typically last 20-30 minutes. The 1006 Summit Avenue Society will be offering a selection of merchandise available for purchase at each tour. Proceeds from the sale will help support the historic Residence.

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