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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Officers' Latrines

Officers' Latrines

Sketch of the back of Officers’ Quarters with the Officers’ Latrines visible to the left side.

  

History

Yet to be reconstructed is this important feature of the Officers' Quarters. The latrine was built over a large chasm in the side of the bluff, which had been closed in front by the fort wall. Six individual rooms provided privacy for the officers and their families, as well as a convenient place for their cooks to dispose of broken china and dinner scraps.

Archaeology

Archaeologists found a wealth of artifacts reflecting many aspects of life in the Officers' Quarters. The bones of wild game, fragment of fine china, discarded toys and military insignia all found its way into the latrine. Some of these items are on display in the nearby Officers' Quarters.

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