Glensheen Mansion in Duluth is Open
Glensheen Mansion, which is now a museum run by the University of Minnesota Duluth, announced they're reopen to the public after being temporarily shut down because of COVID-19.
I've never been to Glensheen Mansion, but I'm told it's well worth the trip out to Duluth. If you're not familiar with one of Minnesota's most popular tourist stops, it's the site of the infamous 1977 murders of wealthy heiress Elizabeth Congdon and her nurse Velma Pietila. They were killed by Elizabeth's adopted daughter Marjorie Caldwell. According to the website Go Duluth MN, the mansion was originally owned by Chester Congdon who earned his wealth in the iron mining and banking business.
The 20,000 square foot mansion is full of history and mystery. Aside from the murders, the mansion is a beautiful work of art and historic architecture. The mansion sits on 12 acres of land on Lake Superior.
Believe it or not, at the time the mansion was built, it was worth $854,000. Today, it's worth more than $22 million. Talk about a return on your investment!!
Right now, guests can tour the entire 3rd floor and the attic. According to the museum's Facebook page, "in order to be safe for everyone, we have converted all tours to be self guided with one way traffic. We are spacing out tour groups as they go through the mansion."
This sounds like the perfect excuse to take a short day trip to Duluth over your holiday weekend. With so many activities, festivals and tourist destinations closed, this is a great opportunity to keep yourself entertained.
You can buy your tickets online. Ticket prices vary from $18 for adults to $7 for kids 5 and under. The mansion is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.