Burwell House

The restored Burwell House in Minnetonka.The Charles H. Burwell House, located at 13209 E. McGinty Road in Minnetonka, is listed on the National Register of Historic and is owned and operated by the city of Minnetonka.

Learn more about the history of Minnetonka and the Burwell House.

Tour Season

The Burwell House opens for the 2014 tour season Saturday, June 7, and remains open through August 30. Tours are available Tuesdays, 12–3 p.m.; Wednesdays, 6–8 p.m.; and Saturdays, 12–4 p.m. In September, the house is open only on Saturdays from 12–4 p.m. (Sept. 6, 13, 20 and 27). If you visit the house during these regular tour times, no advance registration or appointments are required.

For more information about the Burwell site, or to arrange a tour for a large group, please call 952.939.8207 or 952.939.8219.

Becoming a tour guide

Minnetonka’s historic Charles H. Burwell House is a treasured city resource, and tours led by volunteers play a critical role in bringing this site to life for visitors of all ages.

Tours take place on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Wednesday evenings from June through August; on Saturdays in September; and by special appointment. Tour guides also work with elementary school students each spring as they learn about Minnetonka’s history by visiting the Burwell House. The house is air conditioned, and tour guides do not wear costumes. Training is provided.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a tour guide, please attend one of our spring tour guide open house events: Tuesday, April 22 at 5:30 p.m., or Tuesday, April 29 at 10:30 a.m. Open house are one hour and take place at the Burwell House, 13209 E. McGinty Road. You’ll receive a tour of the house and learn what it takes to become a tour guide. Refreshments will be served.

Volunteering at the Burwell House is a great way to get involved in the community and to share this special site with others. For more information, contact Laura Ronbeck at (952) 939-8219 or lronbeck@eminnetonka.com, or Jacque Larson at (952) 939-8207 or jlarson@eminnetonka.com.


The main event each year is the Ice Cream Social, which is held on the fourth Saturday in June. This summer event offers entertainment, food, and free tours of the house. Visit the Minnetonka Summer Festival and Burwell House Ice Cream Social page for detailed information.

There is also a Holiday Open House on the first or second weekend of December, featuring Victorian Christmas decorations and tours of the house. Visit upcoming events for detailed information. This event is sponsored by the Minnetonka Historical Society.

The site is part of the Minnetonka park system, and provides a scenic setting for a weekday lunch, picnic, painting, drawing, photography, or a small family gathering. Groups of more than 25 must have a permit. View the Council Policy on Use of Burwell Property.


Volunteers are always needed to serve at events, to provide cleaning and maintenance of the furnishings, to plan and organize events and exhibits, and to serve as tour guides. The city provides training for volunteers.

Additional furnishings are needed for the house, and some existing items need repairs or restoration. Please contact us if you have an item that you would like to donate. Cash donations are also welcome, and should be made payable to the city of Minnetonka.

Questions or inquiries about the Burwell site may be directed to: Laura Ronbeck, 952.939.8219 or lronbeck@eminnetonka.com.