The Governor’s Residence will host six public tours during the summer months in June, July, and August! The tour dates are Tuesdays, June 14 and 28, July 26, and August 9 and 23. There will also be an evening open house tour on Tuesday, July 12 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. 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 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 104-year-old home. The 45-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 10:50 a.m. with the final tour commencing at 12:20 p.m. The grounds will be open until 1:00 p.m. Each tour is limited to 20 people. Please bring a printed e-mail confirmation that will be sent out upon reservation. The tour on July 12 will be first come, first served open house style from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Walk-ins for groups of 10 or less are available but space is limited.
Reservations are requested for large groups -- Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferred date, time, and first and last names of each person. 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 and learn about them from an expert gardener. The grounds will be open until 1:00 p.m. to allow sufficient time for groups to tour the gardens.