Historic Fort Snelling

National Historic Landmark

Mailing Address:
200 Tower Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55111


Closed for the season except for special events.
Memorial Day Weekend-Labor Day:
Tue-Sat 10 am-5 pm
Sun Noon-5 pm
Open Memorial Day, July 4, and Labor Day, 10 am-5 pm
Sat Only 10 am-5 pm



Get Tickets
  • $12 adults
  • $10 seniors and college students w/ID
  • $10 veterans and active military
  • $6 children ages 5-17
  • Free for children age 4 and under and MNHS members
  • Museums on Us: One free admission for Bank of America and Merrill Lynch card holders the first full weekend of every month. Bring your card and picture ID.
  • Free parking




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Field Trips

Called Bdote by the Dakota, the land where the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers meet has been a gathering place for more than 10,000 years. In the early 1800s, the U.S. military built Fort Snelling, beginning the process of American settlement on Dakota land.

Field Trip Options

Historic Fort Snelling Tour

During their 90-minute tour of the site, students will learn the story of Bdote and Fort Snelling through hands-on activities, demonstrations, and conversations about the long history of the area. The tour includes the story of Dred and Harriet Scott, an enslaved couple who lived at the fort and later sued for their freedom. Students are also introduced to the complex relations between the Dakota, Ojibwe, and U.S. government. Allow extra time to watch a short film in the visitor center and to climb the Round Tower.

Grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12Length: 90 minutes + Cost: $6 per student


$6 per student, $60 minimum group fee
Teachers FREE
One free adult per 10 students


  • Length: 1.5 - 3 hours
  • Free bus parking


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