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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Schoolhouse

Schoolhouse

The fort's Schoolhouse was the first built in Minnesota. The building was used as a classroom for soldiers’ children, a warehouse and as a chapel. At scheduled times during the day guests can participate in a 19th century-style school lesson.

History

Opposite the Sutler Store is the Schoolhouse, built in the same size and general appearance. School teachers John Marsh and later the Reverend Clement Jones, were hired in the 1820s and provided instruction to children and perhaps even enlisted men. Over the years, this building also served as a billiard room, a sutler’s storeroom and as a chapel. The first Protestant congregation and the first school on the upper Mississippi met here in the 1820s. By the Civil War, a frame addition had been added to the south wall of the Schoolhouse, doubling its size. The original structure was demolished by 1878.

Reconstruction

Historic Fort Snelling’s reconstruction has two doors, the second added for visitor flow when the new building first served as a display room.

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