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Tour Schedule

UPDATE: Summer Tours Postponed

Thank you for your interest in touring the Minnesota Governor’s Residence. Tours are cancelled for the remainder of the summer season. Please check this website for updates and further changes or call 651-201-3464 with any questions.


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.

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 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.
  • 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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