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Sibley House Historic Site

Mailing Address:
1357 Sibley Memorial Hwy.
Mendota, MN 55150


Open select hours for special programs
(see Events & Programs)


  • $7 adults
  • $6 seniors and students w/ID
  • $6 active military personnel w/ID
  • $5 children 6-17
  • FREE for children age 5 and under and MNHS members



Minnesota History River Paddle

Sat, August 2, 2014
Sat, August 9, 2014

Grab your paddles and prepare to explore Minnesota’s past! The Sibley House Historic Site and Wilderness Inquiry have partnered to bring you closer to Minnesota’s history than ever before. You’ll explore the importance of the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers, and learn how those who lived here shaped Minnesota’s future.
At the Sibley House Historic Site, you will take a special tour of the historic buildings and learn about the fur trade, the establishment of Minnesota, as well as the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. Next, take to the river with Wilderness Inquiry guides who will share with you the environmental, cultural, and historic significance of the junction of two of Minnesota’s mightiest rivers. After the paddle, enjoy snacks and refreshments served on the lawn of the Sibley House in Mendota.
Participants must be a minimum of 6-years-old or at least 30-pounds.
$65 Adults
$45 children ages 6-17
$5 discount for MNHS members.
Note: The route is subject to change by Wilderness Inquiry based on water levels, wind, the strength of the group, and the event goals.
Brought to you by Historic Fort Snelling/Sibley House Historic Site and Wilderness Inquiry

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The restored Henry Sibley House
Touring the historic buildings
Learning about Minnesota's colorful fur trade history
Prepping for the canoe ride
Great activity for families!
Paddling the mighty Mississippi River
Wilderness Inquiry guides share the history of Minnesota's most important rivers
Wilderness Inquiry guides share the history of Minnesota's most important rivers
Great activity for families!
A great way to spend the day!