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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 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

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 residence.gov@state.mn.us 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.

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 and from the lower level. 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.
  • Cameras and video are allowed in the public spaces.
  • Backpacks, bags, and strollers are subject to screening. 
  • Visitors should dress according to the weather, as there may be a wait outdoors, as well as outdoor portions of the tour.
  • Street parking is available on Summit Avenue and local side streets.
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