November may not feel like the Christmas season for some, but at Glensheen, Christmas is in full force! Right now, the mansion feels a bit like Santa’s workshop the week before Christmas. That’s because the first day of Christmas Tours is only days away!

Starting Saturday, November 17th, ALL TOURS will be CHRISTMAS TOURS.

Aside from the most magical time in the mansion quickly approaching, here’s what’s shakin’ at the ‘Sheen this month:

Sunday Funday | November 4, 11, 18, 25

Congdon Thanksgiving Meal at Restaurant 301| November 5– November 23

Secrets of Glensheen | November 7, 14, 29

CLOSED for Christmas decorating | November 12 — November 16

Christmas at Glensheen | November 17 — January 6, 2019

CLOSED — Thanksgiving Day | November 22

Candlelight Tours | November 23 — (various dates available)

Secrets of Glensheen

Wednesdays in November from 7:00 pm — 8:00 pm

Secrets of Glensheen is BACK by popular demand! See items that the public has never seen before. Pieces from behind closed doors and locked drawers will make their rare appearance out in the world for November’s event series, Secrets of Glensheen.

Glensheen Collections Manager, Milissa Brooks-Ojibway, will showcase various objects from the Glensheen collection that have been hidden out of visitor sight. As Glensheen’s Collections Manager, Milissa is responsible for the proper care and preservation of the objects in the mansion. Therefore, she sees all of the cool and interesting objects in Glensheen’s collection every day. More often than not, these are objects that the public rarely has the opportunity to see. Some of the featured items were rediscovered from places like the storage area on the second floor of the Carriage House that we recently cleared out.

Secrets of Glensheen will take place every Wednesday night in November from 7:00 pm — 8:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Guests will enter at the front door of the mansion. The event will take place in the lower level of the mansion.

There will not be a Secrets of Glensheen on Wednesday, November 21st.

Sunday Funday

Every Sunday 1:00 pm — 3:00 pm

Glensheen is continuing the new programming series for kids called, “Sunday Funday.” The new programming offers parents and their young children the chance to learn and be engaged with art, history, and fun.

November is all about being thankful and letting your loved ones know how much you appreciate them.

Please RSVP by filling out the Google RSVP form for the date you would like to attend;

November 4th Sunday Funday: Making Pop-Up Thank You Cards RSVP Form:

November 11th Sunday Funday: Making Friendship Bracelets and Small Gifts for World Kindness Day RSVP Form:

November 18th Sunday Funday: Making Gift Baskets for Family and Friends RSVP Form:

November 25th Sunday Funday: Learning Through Stories — National Day of Listening RSVP Form

Christmas at Glensheen

Starting Saturday, November 17th ALL TOURS will be CHRISTMAS TOURS!

There will be 25 Christmas Trees in the 39-room mansion, hundreds of feet of garland, and all kinds of Christmas cheer. In addition to 25 CHRISTMAS TREES, there are also 25 HIDDEN ELVES in the mansion for Christmas Tours. Do you think you can find them all? There’s even an Elf Book, a spin-off of the Treasure Book.

Christmas is one of the best times of the year to bring your family, young kids and all (Yes, really!) to experience Glensheen decorated for Christmas, self-guided at your own pace.

For tour times and more information, visit us at

1911 Congdon Thanksgiving Menu at Restaurant 301

Glensheen has partnered with the Sheraton Duluth Hotel and Restaurant 301 again this year for a unique opportunity to enjoy a menu inspired by The Congdon’s 1911 Thanksgiving menu. This menu will be served at Restaurant 301 in the Sheraton Duluth Hotel November 5th through Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22nd.

There are two ways people can eat like a Congdon:

  • The Taste of History Package. This includes a $50 gift certificate from Restaurant 301 for two guests to enjoy a four-course meal and two discounted Glensheen Classic Tour tickets. (Do not need to be a Sheraton hotel guest to purchase this package.)
  • Choosing the November special when dining at Resturant 301

Basically, if anyone goes to Restaurant 301 over the next few weeks they will have the chance to eat the Congdon’s 1911 Thanksgiving Dinner.

Candlelight Christmas Tour

Find yourself in the mansion being guided by the lights of the Christmas trees. This gorgeous display will surely make it onto your yearly Christmas bucket list, as you are fully immersed into what it must have been like for the Congdons on a magical Christmas evening.

Candlelight Christmas Tours will begin on 11/23/18.

On this guided tour, each group is accompanied by two guides who will illuminate pieces throughout the house. Glensheen requests that guests do not bring their own flashlights.