Glensheen - The Historic Congdon Estate

3300 London Road

Come see why Glensheen Mansion, perched on the shore of Lake Superior, is the most visited historic home in Minnesota. Our 7-acre estate features gardens, bridges, and the famous 39-room mansion built with remarkable 20th century craftsmanship, telling the story of the Duluth region.

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 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. The top hat in the closet? That was Chester Congdon’s. The letters in the desk drawer? Those were written by Clara. The sheets in the linen closet? Organized by the Congdons’ 2nd floor maid nearly 100 years ago. And that’s just inside the mansion….


Teri Ross

Saturday, June 9, 2018
This has been on my bucket list for many years, and I am finally able to cross it off. It didn't disappoint. The history of both the home and the family are fascinating. The docents are very knowledgeable and entertaining. We did the full house tour, including the third floor, which I highly recommend. Be sure to leave time to walk around the glorious gardens. In fact, bring a picnic. It is beautiful setting on the shores of Lake Superior.

Dawn Cain

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
I have been here twice. My family went when I was a teenager and my husband and I have visited with some friends. I love it SO much. The home is beautiful and the grounds are amazing. I have been very fortunate to get great guides both times. I even follow on Facebook because I like the live videos that they do. You can ask about the murders but I wouldn't count on an answer. It's basically up to the individual guide if they want to answer or not and when I asked I was told "We don't talk about that because you never know who is on a tour and there is still family in the area." I understand that to an extent but it seems such a shame to ignore that part of the history. Either way I would love to visit again and again but I live over two hours away and I feel the ticket prices are getting a bit high.

Anh Thu Atazadeh

Sunday, May 27, 2018
The house was really nice to tour. We were our tour guide 2st group and he did a really good job at telling stories and making it an enjoyable tour. We plans to go back in the fall for a flashlight tour. The only thing that was a downer was that they did not talk about the murder that took place.

Truck Bait

Sunday, May 13, 2018
This place was breathtaking! The guide was both knowledgeable and funny. Plus, when my son with autism started to fall apart, the guide was able to help us safely and quickly exit the building before there was a real problem. I was very pleased with her assistance. I highly recommend a visit to anyone who has the chance.

Elaina Appel

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Such an interesting and fun tour!! I've been going to Duluth 2-5 times a year, every year since I was born but this was my first time touring Glensheen and my husband and I are already planning to go back again! Such a gem that I can't believe I never experienced! We did the basic tour of the house and learned so much. The details are beautiful and our guide was super knowledgeable and charismatic. We went during the winter and are already excited to come back during warmer weather to do the grounds tour, and want to eventually get to see and do all the tours! The price was a little high for newlyweds on a tight budget, but it was so fun and interesting that we agreed it was well worth it.

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