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Tour Schedule

The Governor's Residence will host six public tours during the summer months in June, July, and August! The tour dates are set for the following Tuesdays:

  • June 9
  • June 23
  • July 14
  • July 28
  • August 4
  • August 18


Note, these dates are subject to change. Groups who would be impacted by any change will be informed in as timely a manner as possible.

Interior Tours

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 103-year-old home. The 30-minute tours will be guided by docents from the Women’s Organization of the Minnesota Historical Society. The program is appropriate for children six years of age and older. Tours will begin every 10 minutes, starting at 10:30 AM, with the final tour commencing at 12:00 PM. Each tour is limited to 20 people. Photo identification is required for entry, as well as a printed e-mail confirmation that will be sent out upon reservation.

Walk-ins for groups of 10 or fewer will be available on the day of the tour, but space is limited.

Reservations are required. Please e-mail residence.gov@state.mn.us with your preferred date, time, and group size. If your desired slot is available, a confirmation will be emailed back to you. If your preferred time is not available, you will be promptly informed and encouraged to join us at a different time.

Once all the times are filled, guests will be able to visit the grounds but not be able to enter the home.

Grounds and Gardens

The grounds and gardens are open during public tours and do not require reservations. Docents will be stationed throughout the grounds to provide information about historic lawn games, sustainable agriculture, historic gardens, and current plantings. There will be a chance to visit the vegetable gardens. Interior tours will conclude in the gardens where guests will be able to meander if they desire. The grounds will be open until 1:00 P.M. to allow sufficient time for the final group to tour the gardens.

Accessibility and Visitors Needing Special Assistance

The Governor’s Residence is wheelchair accessible, but has the restrictions of a historic home. There is an elevator in the Residence for transportation to the lower level restrooms, if needed. To ensure that your tour is as enjoyable as possible, we ask that you call the Residence staff at 651-201-3464 to discuss your group’s special needs. We will need to know the number of people in your group, as well as how many will require special assistance so that we can properly accommodate your needs. If you have any questions, please let us know.

For Your Information Before Your Tour

  • Tours of the Residence are always free and groups may not charge for them but we encourage you to bring any non-perishable donations for Second Harvest Heartland
  • Cameras and video are allowed in the public spaces. 
  • Food, beverage, backpacks, and strollers are not permitted in the house and there is no place to store them during the tour. 
  • Street parking is available on Summit Avenue and local side streets.


For more information on tours, you can call 651-201-3464 or email residence.gov@state.mn.us.