Historic Fort Snelling

National Historic Landmark

Mailing Address:
200 Tower Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55111
Directions - Note detour


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


  • $12 adults
  • $10 seniors and college students w/ID
  • $10 active military w/ID and their family
  • $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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2016 Oct 21

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Plan a Visit

Fall Program
Open Saturdays Only through Oct. 29
10 am - 5 pm

Overlooking the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers, Fort Snelling was once the furthest outpost of the U.S. military. Today, guests can learn about the lives of the people who lived in and around the fort in the early 1800s, as well as the important role the site has played in Minnesota history. Stop in the Visitors Center to watch a short orientation film, and take a short 5 minute walk to the restored fort to begin your experience.

To many people America is a land of opportunity, where people could become anything they want to through hard work. To others, lack of privilege and opportunity are roadblocks to a prosperous future. Explore these and other issues as you tour the fort and learn about the different people who labored here in the early 1800s.

During this self-guided tour costumed staff will engage you in activities, demonstrations and conversation as you learn about the challenges and opportunities these people faced nearly 200 years ago.

  • Learn about opportunities for working women at the Laundresses' Quarters
  • Visit the soldiers' Squad Room and see a musket firing
  • Learn about slavery at the fort in the Commandant's House
  • Visit the Indian Agency and hear about traditional Dakota work and trade
  • Take part in an 1800s medical demonstration in the Hospital
  • Try your hand at hoisting a barrel in the Commissary
  • In the Bakeshop you'll see bakers baking army bread