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 Sep 21

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Beneath the Surface

Beneath the Surface

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Have you ever lost something? Imagine that someone hundreds of years in the future found it. What story do you think this item would tell about who you were and the way you lived? Join us for Beneath the Surface and you’ll see how archaeologists and historians do just that – piece together clues from the past to understand the puzzle of life hundreds of years ago.

During this special behind-the-scenes program you’ll tour the historic fort to learn about one of the largest excavations of a military post in North America. You'll tour both restored and reconstructed buildings, and learn about how the clues uncovered by archaeologists helped us learn about the lives of the people who called the fort home.
You'll also visit the archaeology lab and handle some of the original treasures unearthed at Fort Snelling. Together with others on the tour, you'll work to identify objects and try to understand the stories they tell. By the end, you'll see how understanding the past helps us better understand ourselves today and in the future.
Length: 2.5 hours
Available: June - October
Call for available times.
Requests through the first two weeks of June must be checked against our school tour schedule.
$20 Adult
$18 MNHS members
$16 Senior/Student
$16 Children (ages 12-17)
(Min./Max group size: 12/50)

Call 612-970-2844 for reservations!

Reservations must be made no later than 3 weeks in advance. Please notify us in advance of any potential mobility issues or language/interpreter needs.

*Some buildings are not easily accessible for individuals with limited mobility. Please contact us ahead of time to discuss mobility issues.
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Viewing original artifacts uncovered at Fort Snelling.
Handing and identifying artifacts.
Touring the restored buildings.
Archaeologists excavating near the Round Tower, 1958.
Archaeologists excavating the Hospital, 1974.