Historic Fort Snelling

National Historic Landmark

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

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
 
Sept-Oct:
Sat Only 10 am-5 pm

 

Admission

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  • $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

 

Contact

612-726-1171

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Gun Shed

History

This shed was built by the soldiers to house the fort’s field pieces. These cannons were mounted on high wheels which allowed them to be hauled easily across a battlefield, hence their name.  The shed was likely constructed sometime in the 1820s, but the earliest known image of it is a drawing on a map of the fort dating from 1835.

Cannons were named for the weight of the solid cannonball they fired.  A gun that fired a cannon ball weighing 6 pounds was called a “6 pounder,” one that fired a 12 pound ball was called a “12 pounder,” and so on.  In 1834 the fort had three 6 pounders, two 12 pounders, and two 24 pound howitzers.

Today

The reconstructed Gun Shed is still used for its original purpose and houses the site's functioning cannon, one of which is fired daily during the summer.

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