Historic Fort Snelling

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Rates

  • $11 adults, $9 senior citizens (65+) & Students W/ ID, and $6 children ages 6-17. FREE for children under age 6 and MHS members.

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  • Next to Fort Snelling State Park. Off the Fort Snelling exits on MN Hwys. 5 & 55. GPS: 44.8936, -93.1869

Other Date Information

  • Memorial Day Weekend -Labor Day: TU-SA 10am-5pm; SU 12-5 pm. SA 10am- 5pm in September and October. Please call ahead for field trip or other group reservations.

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  • Accessible to Disabled
  • Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more

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Events

  1. Civil War Education Day

    Hwys 5 and 55
    Saint Paul, MN 55111-4060
    Call: 612-726-1171

    Spend the day off from school with Historic Fort Snelling and explore the fascinating story of Minnesota and the Civil War!

    Fort Snelling closed in 1858, but the attack on Fort Sumter in 1861 spurred thousands of Minnesotans to join the Union cause. The Fort reopened and became the entry and training point for 25,000 Minnesota volunteers who fought in the Civil War. Learn about soldier life, technology of the period, the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, and how slaves at Fort Snelling influenced the lead up to the Civil War.

    Event Schedule:
    10 am - Fort opens
    10:15 am - Morning Parade Ceremony / Flag Raising
    11 am - Cannon Drill / Firing
    11:30 am - Civil War Medicine Demonstration
    12 pm - Infantry Drill / Musket Firing
    12:30 pm - 1860s Fashion Show
    1 pm - Cannon Drill / Firing
    1:30 pm - Base Ball Game
    2 pm - Infantry Drill / Musket Firing
    2:30 pm - 1860s Dancing
    3 pm - Cannon Drill / Firing
    3:30 pm - Retreat Ceremony / Flag Lowering
    4 pm - Fort closes

    *Schedule subject to change.

    Admission:
    $6 per person
    $5 for MNHS members

  2. Civil War Weekend: 1864

    Hwys 5 and 55
    Saint Paul, MN 55111-4060
    Call: 612-726-1171

    Transport yourself back to the year 1864 and explore Fort Snelling's Civil War history! In this special Civil War Sesquicentennial event, you can tour the fort and visit with costumed staff and reenactors who bring that pivotal year to life.Check out interactive learning stations throughout the fort to learn about life in the army and the home front during this pivotal year. Demonstrations include cannon and musket firings, Civil War medicine, period cooking, fife and drum music, an 1860s fashion show, and more!

    Daily Schedule:
    10 am - Fort opens
    10:15 - Morning Colors / Flag Raising Ceremony
    11 am - Cannon Drill / Firing
    11:30 am - Civil War Medicine demonstration
    12 pm - Infantry Drill / Musket Firing
    12:30 pm - 1860s Dancing
    1 pm - Base Ball Game
    1:30 pm - Soldier's Pay Call
    2 pm - Cannon Drill / Firing
    2:30 pm - 1860s Fashion Show
    3 pm - Infantry Drill / Musket Firing
    3:30 pm - Civil War Medicine demonstration
    4 pm - Cannon Drill / Firing
    4:30 pm - Retreat Parade / Flag Lowering Ceremony
    5 pm - Fort Closes

    *Schedule subject to change.

    Admission:
    $11 adults
    $9 seniors and students w/ID
    $9 active military personnel w/ID
    $6 children 6-17
    FREE for children age 5 and under and MNHS members

  3. Fort Snelling Upper Post Tours

    Hwys 5 and 55
    Saint Paul, MN 55111-4060
    Call: 651-964-9682

    During WWII, over 300,000 members of Minnesota’s Greatest Generation began their military careers at Fort Snelling. They were introduced to military life, were tested and assigned to units, and finally sent on to training bases around the country. Military police and railroad engineers, as well as translators of the Military Intelligence Service Language School received their specialized training at Fort Snelling.

    Friends of Fort Snelling tours take about 1 ½ hours and cover various aspects of Fort Snelling's 20th century history, including officers' row and administrative areas (walking and architectural tours), as well as the stables and warehouse district (biking tours).

    Tours start at 1 PM in front of the HQ building (with the clock tower) unless otherwise listed.

    Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring water!

    Admission is FREE to the public. No reservations needed!

    2014 Tour Schedule

    May 26 - Walking Tours @ 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, and 2 pm
    June 8 - Biking Tour (please bring your own bike)
    July 6 - Walking Tour
    August 3 - Biking Tour (please bring your own bike)

  4. Fort Snelling's Upper Post: A Walk Through Time

    Hwys 5 and 55
    Saint Paul, MN 55111-4060
    Call: 612-726-1171

    Fort Snelling was once known as the country club of the Army. This exhibit highlights the remaining buildings with their history and photographs, showing the life and vitality of the post in its heyday.

  5. Good Turn 5K and 10K

    Hwys 5 and 55
    Saint Paul, MN 55111-4060
    Call: 651-688-9143

    Enjoy a crisp fall day in Minnesota along the river and join Northern Star Council at its first running event, the Good Turn 5 & 10K. The event, to be held the morning of Saturday October 18, will start with check-in at Base Camp, followed by a 5k or 10k course that starts at Historic Fort Snelling and winds through beautiful Fort Snelling State Park and ends back in front of the historic fort. Registration is $30 for the 5K and $35 for 10K and all participants will receive a sport-tec shirt. Prizes will be awarded. Timing & USATF Sanctioned Event; Water/Gatorade stops at 3K and 7K; Food during & at end of race; wicking shirts sizes S - XXL for all runners; Race is sponsored by Northern Star Council to promote fitness and to benefit Scouting programs in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas.

  6. History on the Go! Bus Tours

    Hwys 5 and 55
    Saint Paul, MN 55111-4060
    Call: 612-726-1171

    Enjoy a tour of Historic Fort Snelling from the comfort of your own bus! Bring a bus from your community center or adult facility and one of our costumed staff will ride with you during the tour, giving a detailed history of the site as well as sharing stories of the people fromm Fort Snelling's past. The tour route explores the restored 19th century stone fort as well as the “Upper Post” where soldiers were stationed during the 20th century.

    • Reservations are required (call 612-970-2844)
    • $9 per person (MNHS members $7)
    • Tour lasts approx. 1 hour (last tour starts at 3 pm)
    • Group min. 8 people
    • The historic site accommodates buses up to 13 ft. wide - sorry, no motor coaches.

    Groups may choose to make a brief stop inside the Commandant’s House, the oldest house in Minnesota. After your tour, enjoy FREE coffee and cookies in the Visitor Center where you can view the film and visit the Gift Shop. Tables and chairs are provided if you wish to bring your own lunches.

    Call 612-726-1171 to make your reservation today!

  7. World War I Weekend

    Hwys 5 and 55
    Saint Paul, MN 55111-4060
    Call: 612-726-1171

    The U.S. joined WWI in 1917, and Fort Snelling was mobilized to support thousands of recruits preparing to head to the Western Front. Bring your family and join us at Historic Fort Snelling for this BRAND-NEW event and learn about Minnesota’s role in the Great War. Visit with costumed staff and reenactors, watch military demonstrations and weapons firings, and experience what life was like for Minnesotans during this crucial era.

    Daily Schedule:
    10 am - Fort opens
    10:15 am - Morning Parade Ceremony / Flag Raiaing
    11 am - Bayonet & Grenade Drill
    11:30 am - WWI Medical Demonstration
    12 pm - Fire & Maneuver Demonstration
    12:30 pm - Dancing: "The Fox Trot"
    1 pm - Gas Drill / Baseball Game
    1:30 pm - Band Performance
    2 pm - Bayonet & Grenade Drill
    2:30 pm - WWI Medical Demonstration
    3 pm - Fire & Maneuver Demonstration
    3:30 pm - Dancing: "The Fox Trot"
    4 pm - Gas Drill / Baseball Game
    4:30 pm - Evening Parade Ceremony / Flag Lowering
    5 pm - Fort closes

    *Schedule subject to change.

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