Historic Fort Snelling

National Historic Landmark

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


Sat Only 10 am-5 pm
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



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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2017 Oct 21

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World War I Centennial Weekend

World War I Centennial Weekend

Sat, August 19, 2017 - Sun, August 20, 2017

10 am – 5 pm (both days)

Commemorate the 100th anniversary of America's entry into World War I at Historic Fort Snelling. The "Great War," as WWI was then called, raged for three years before the U.S. entered the conflict in 1917. America's participation tipped the balance in favor of the Allied powers and helped end the war in November 1918. Explore the ways this conflict shaped the world we know today and learn about Minnesota's role in the war. Visit with costumed interpreters and reenactors, watch military demonstrations, stand in a recreated WWI-style trench and experience what life was like for Minnesotans during this crucial time.

Daily Schedule (Sat & Sun)

10 am - Open
10:15 am -Morning Parade & Flag Raising Ceremony
11 am - Bayonet & Grenade Drill
11:30 am - Women's Suffrage Rally
12 pm - Fire & Maneuver Drill
12:30 pm - Dancing Lesson ("Foxtrot")
1 pm - Gas Drill & Baseball Game
1:30 pm - Sing-Along (WWI era songs)
2 pm - Bayonet & Grenade Drill
2:30 pm - Women's Suffrage Rally
3 pm - Fire & Maneuver Drill
3:30 pm - Dancing Lesson ("Foxtrot")
4 pm - Gas Drill & Baseball Game
4:30 pm - Evening Parade & Flag Lowering Ceremony
5 pm - Close
Hands-On History Activity - Make your own Remembrance Day Poppy (11 am - 5 pm)
Don't miss performances by the volunteer Fort Snelling Fifes & Drums throughout the weekend!

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Staff and reenactors demonstrate soldier life.
Learn how the war affected Minnesotans on the home front.
Watch a variety of military demonstrations.
Make a Remembrance Day poppy and learn about the famous poem "In Flanders Field"
Volunteer reenactors help tell the story of this global conflict.
Learn about women in the military and wartime Red Cross efforts.
Explore the fight for women's rights at the turn of the 20th century.
Climb through a recreated above-ground trench to learn about trench warfare.
Explore how wartime fear and paranoia affected German-Americans.
See displays of original and reproduction military equipment.