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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Powder Magazine

History

Fort Snelling’s buildings were arranged around the parade ground in a roughly symmetrical pattern. Opposite the Colonel’s Quarters, and roughly the same size, was the Powder Magazine. This massively constructed building held 1,000 pounds of gunpowder as well as fixed cartridges, small arms ammunition and musket flints. To limit the danger from sparks, it was lined with a wooden half wall and no nails are used in the flooring. A double roof helped keep the Magazine cool, and a double entrance and blast wall were built to provide more blast deflection, should the building’s contents explode.

Reconstruction

With walls 6-feet thick, it is the only one of Historic Fort Snelling’s reconstructed buildings set on its original foundations.

Today

Recreated powder barrels and ammunition crates fill the Magazine today. An inventory taken in the 1820s and discovered in the National Archives was used to accurately furnish the building.

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