During the month of December, view the historic home decorated by local designers for the holidays! The Governor's Residence will have open-house, self-guided tours on select dates. No reservations are required. The tours will be filled on a first-come, first served basis.
There is no fee for the tour, but please consider bringing a monetary donation or non-perishable food item for Second Harvest Heartland.
About the Tour
Volunteer docents from the Women's Auxiliary of the Minnesota Historical Society will be available 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.
A 25-foot evergreen tree and 400-feet of garland will be on display on the front of the Residence with over 15,000 colorful lights.
Summer Interior Tours
Guided by docents from the Women's Organization of the Minnesota Historical Society, Summer Interior Tours explore the first floor and lower level of the Residence, showcasing the sustained beauty of several original decorative highlights, as well as added modern amenities to the Century old home. The program is appropriate for children six years of age or older.
Tours will begin every 10 minutes, between 10:30 a.m. to Noon.
The final tour begins promptly at 12:00 p.m.
The Residence Grounds and Gardens will be open to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Estimated Tour Time
The estimated tour time is 45 minutes.
Please bring an email confirmation (either printed or by phone) and have it available when checking in for your tour. Each Interior Tour is limited to 25 people. Walk-ins are available but reservations are recommended. Space is limited and fills up quickly.
Grounds and Gardens Tour
The Governor's Residence Grounds and Gardens are open during the Summer Public Interior Tours and do not require a reservation. Docents from the Women's Auxiliary of the Minnesota Historical Society will be stationed throughout the grounds to provide information about historic lawn games, sustainable agriculture, historic gardens, and current plantings. Visitors will also have the opportunity to visit the vegetable gardens and learn about them from an expert gardener.
During the Summer Tour season, the grounds will be open until 1:00 p.m. to allow sufficient time for groups to tour the gardens.
Inside the Residence: Virtual Tour and More
Get a closer look at the Minnesota Governor's Residence without leaving your home through our new 'Virtual Tour' options!
Step Inside the Residence right from the comfort of your home with our virtual tour! Access photos galleries, videos, architectural information, and more on this historic St. Paul home.