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Glensheen Mansion Duluth | Congdon Estate, Tours, Tickets, Hours

Glensheen Mansion


5 Things You Need To Know


The Glensheen Mansion Tours and Grounds in Duluth, Minnesota, are open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The last full mansion tour begins at 4:30 PM, allowing visitors ample time to explore this historic estate, its beautiful grounds, and learn about its rich history.

In Duluth you always need to consider the weather, so make sure you check the forecast and dress appropriately depending on when you visit.


Glensheen Mansion Tours offer a range of options to explore this historic estate:

Classic Tour (Self-Guided lower level, 1st floor, 2nd floor):

  • Adult (18 & up): $20

  • Senior (62 & up) / Veteran: $18

  • Youth (6-17 years old): $8

  • Child (5 & under): FREE

Full Mansion Tour (Self-Guided all 5 floors):

  • Adult (18 & up): $32

  • Senior (62 & up) / Veteran: $30

  • Youth (6-17 years old): $20

  • Child (5 & under): FREE

Lock and Key Tour (Classic Tour + Guided Extras):

  • Adult (18 & up): $36

  • Senior (62 & up) / Veteran: $34

  • Youth (6-17 years old): $24

  • Child (5 & under): FREE

These tours provide various levels of access and insights into the Glensheen Mansion, allowing visitors to choose the experience that suits their interests and preferences.


The Congdon Estate holds a rich history:

Construction: The mansion was built by Chester Adgate Congdon, a successful lawyer and businessman, and his wife, Clara Bannister Congdon, between 1905 and 1908. It was designed by architect Clarence H. Johnston Sr. in the Jacobean architectural style.

Residence: The Congdon family resided in this grand estate, which features opulent interiors and beautiful gardens. It stood as a symbol of their prosperity during the Gilded Age.

Donation: In 1979, the Congdon family generously donated the mansion and its surrounding grounds to the University of Minnesota. This gift allowed the mansion to be preserved as a historic site and made it accessible to the public through tours.


Parking at Glensheen Mansion is convenient, with ample on-site parking available for visitors. In addition to on-site parking, visitors to Glensheen Mansion also have the option of utilizing street parking, providing extra flexibility for those exploring this historic estate in Duluth.


Glensheen Mansion is a world-class wedding venue with indoor and outdoor options, including a beautiful Lake Superior shoreline setting.

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