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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Plan a Visit

Historic Fort Snelling offers the chance to engage with the many stories that make up the history of this important place. Through a variety of experiences you’ll interact with staff to discover connections between the past and present through themes like family and community, power and relationships, training and service, and more.

The history of this place is the history of America — the history of us.

Limited Engagement Program!

We have paused our regular programming, including cannon firing and drills on the parade grounds, to give you the opportunity to participate in a unique new experience.

Then & Now: Labor at the Fort will help you make personal connections between your life today and the ways that people of the past lived and worked at the fort in the 1800s.

You'll engage in activities and conversations facilitated by non-costumed staff as you visit seven key spots around the site:

  • Front Gate: Orient yourself to the fort and plan your visit.

  • Married Quarters: Learn about the family lives of enlisted soldiers and try out 1800s-style laundry and children’s games.

  • Squad Room: Explore where a dozen soldiers would have bunked and learn about their weapons and equipment.

  • Commandant’s House: Tour the living quarters of the fort’s commander and his household.

  • Commandant’s Kitchen: See (and smell) a meal cooking on the original hearth and learn about the enslaved people who worked here.

  • Indian Agency: Learn how the Dakota lived and worked in Minnesota before the fort was built in 1820 and how U.S. policies challenged and changed Dakota’s traditional way of life.

  • Hospital: Discover 19th-century medical instruments and the health care treatments available at the fort.

  • Commissary: See where food arrived and was stored at the fort and try lifting barrels with the winch system.

  • Bakeshop: See fresh bread baking and learn how bakers fed the people of the fort.

Don’t miss out, this experiential new program wraps up on Oct. 28!

As new programs and activities are being introduced, make sure to check back frequently and visit the MNHS calendar for more information.

Check out Events & Programs to learn more about unique exhibitions and experiences available throughout the year.