Our next available public tours are Tuesday, December 6 and 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. each day. There will also be an evening tour on Tuesday, December 13 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The 2016 Holiday Season at the Minnesota Governor's Residence will kick-off the evening of Thursday, December 1, 2016 with festive holiday lighting of the outside garland and tree. The Residence will be open for two public tours on Tuesdays, December 6 and 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. each day. There will also be an evening tour on Tuesday, December 13 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.. 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 with you a monetary donation or non-perishable food items for Second Harvest Heartland.
More information on holiday tours to come later this fall.
About the Holiday Tours
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.
Summer Interior Tours
Summer interior tours explore the first floor and lower level of the Residence, showcasing the sustained beauty if 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.
Summer Grounds and Gardens
The grounds and gardens are open during summer 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 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 needs. We will need to know the number of people in your group, as well as how many will require 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. Feel free to take photos!
- Backpacks, bags, and strollers are subject to screening
- Visitors should dress according to the weather, as there may be a wait outdoors before entering the Residence.
- Street parking is available on Summit Avenue and local side streets.