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' Quarters

Officers' Quarters

An 1846 building that once held 12 apartments for officers and their families. View furnished officers' apartments, learn about U.S. government - American Indian relations, and tour an exhibit on archaeology at Fort Snelling.

History

The Officers’ Quarters was one of only four original buildings still standing when Fort Snelling’s restoration began in the 1970s. But, the 1846 building had changed a lot throughout the years. The existing stone building had twelve sets of quarters, each consisting of a parlor, bed chamber and a kitchen in the cellar. It housed officers, their families and servants and replaced the first wooden quarters. Its porch, which originally wrapped around each end of the building to the parade ground, now stretched only along the back. In 1903, a second story and expansive porch was added. The building, its exterior covered with yellow stucco and a red-slate roof, reflected the popular Spanish-mission style of architecture. The redesigned building, now with only six quarters, was continuously occupied until 1975.

Archaeology

In the 1970s, archaeologists removed concrete basement floors from a later period to excavate all of the apartments. Traces of earlier foundations and fireplaces were found, along with some 28,000 objects, providing a glimpse at the material culture and diet of Army families.

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