Historic Fort Snelling

National Historic Landmark

Mailing Address:
200 Tower Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55111


Closed for the season except for special events.
Memorial Day Weekend-Labor Day:
Tuesday: 10 am-5 pm
Wednesday: 10 am-5 pm
Thursday: 10 am-5 pm
Friday: 10 am-5 pm
Saturday: 10 am-5 pm
Sunday: Noon-5 pm
Monday: Closed
Open Memorial Day, July 4, and Labor Day, 10 am-5 pm
Sat Only 10 am-5 pm



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




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Excavated by the soldiers of the Fifth U.S. Infantry through 20 feet of solid limestone, the well supplied fresh drinking water to the garrison. However, its water supply soon proved unreliable and drinking water was brought by wagon from Coldwater Spring one-half mile away. Around 1869, a cistern was built over the well shaft and water for washing clothing was pumped from the Minnesota River to fill it.


Archaeologists who excavated the well discovered water still flowing through a cleft in the bedrock as described by Colonel Snelling. Artifacts preserved in the dampness of the well shaft included a soldier’s cap brim from the 1850s, a military shoe from the Civil War period, food items and seeds which still sprouted after 100 years in the ground.


Originally reconstructed in the 1970s, the well was re-done again in 2011 to appear closer to its original dimensions. An exhibit in the Officers’ Quarters describes the excavation of the well site and displays some of the artifacts recovered.

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