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

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

 

Contact

612-726-1171

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Hospital

Hospital

A hospital ward, operating room and dispensary were located on the upper level of this building. Learn about the medical history of Fort Snelling and tour an exhibit on 19th-century medicine.

History

Nearly 200 years ago the military provided some of the best medical care in America. Soldiers and American Indians in the area benefited from inoculations and emergency treatment by the fort’s surgeon. The Hospital, a mirror image of the Stone Barracks opposite it, expressed the importance of medicine in the Army. In its early years, the Hospital also housed Minnesota's first lending library, a school and the surgeon’s quarters. The Hospital served in its original capacity only until 1839, when the Shops building was expanded into a new post hospital. From then until its demolition in 1904, it was offices, though during the Civil War it again briefly served as a hospital. In 1878, when many of the fort’s original buildings were demolished, the offices were doubled in size with a frame addition in the rear.

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