Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate, Duluth

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History Museum · Historic Site
Experience early 20th-century luxury and a collection of artifacts at Glensheen, The Historic Congdon Estate. The house was completed in 1908 as the home of successful lawyer and investor Chester Congdon and his wife, Clara. The 39-room mansion and the surrounding 2.8 ha (7 acre) estate is now owned by the University of Minnesota-Duluth. You can tour the gardens and the interior, which is adorned with mahogany, silk, and gold leaf. Much of the furniture, decorations, and other items are the original pieces that were brought into the house in 1908. Tours are conducted frequently, so you won't have to wait long for one, and you can also purchase the tickets online. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Duluth using our trip planner.
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  • We purchased the full mansion, self-guided tour, which was fantastic. I would suggest splurging for that because it includes the third-floor bedrooms and attic. They had docents to answer questions....  more »
  • Wonderful self-guided visit to the Mansion. Information was available by app, and by the many volunteers staffing the house. It is an Arts and Crafts masterpiece, with exquisite tiles and art and...  more »
  • Date of Visit: 10/30/2020 - LOVED the self-guided tours and pumpkin hunt! Definitely will continue to come back. Date of Visit: 2/25/2019 - Rating a 4/5 stars due to the way the pricing is set up; didn't like the wait time needed to begin a tour...when we were one of a handful of guests visiting in the dead of winter. Really pretty location; can't wait to see what it looks like in the summer.
  • This place was beautiful! It was such a nice tour. Only reason for only 3 stars instead of full was the beginning not even the beginning of the tour but just to go buy the tickets was confusing. You walk through the stables kind of looking at everything and there's really no signs or anything. There was a tiny little room where you watch a video but again not any signage about that or not big enough to read. There was a group there before us and we had no idea what we were doing so we passed them to go buy our tickets we were looking to do a full mansion tour. When we got to the front the lady was so extremely rude and responded to us by saying "yeah they were before you have to help them first." We had no idea we had to watch the video could have been explained better from her side. We ended up going back to watch it and even the people behind us had no idea and tried to go ahead as well. Better signage is needed and better customer service. We ended up only getting the general because of how rude she was kinda turned us off.

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