Chester and Clara Congdon built Glensheen between 1905 and 1908 as their home. This influential family is known for opening up iron mining in this region and setting aside land for public use, such as the North Shore Scenic Highway and Congdon Park.
Glensheen’s main house has 39 rooms and covers 27,000 square feet of living space. It cost the Congdons $854,000 to build Glensheen.
The Congdon estate originally included 22 acres of lakeshore property. At the time, the area was heavily wooded and the shoreline was rugged, yet the Congdons saw the potential for a gracious, formal estate and practical home for a busy family with six children.
Glensheen was donated to the University of Minnesota and opened as a historic house museum in 1979 and, here’s the amazing part: the collection is intact.
Hours of Operation
Tours are offered daily from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.
The last tour of the day begins at 4:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance on our website until one day before the tour date. Same day tour tickets are sold at Glensheen’s ticket house where more than half are held for those who arrive throughout the day. Glensheen’s hours of operation are subject to change without notice.
The grounds are open daily from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm.
Those who purchase either a Grounds Pass or any tour ticket are welcome to enjoy the grounds during normal grounds hours.
The gift shop is open daily from 9:00 am – 5:30 pm.
A tour pass is not required to shop at the Gift Shop, so shop at your leisure for all of your personal and gift-giving needs.