Historic Fort Snelling

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Rates

  • $12 adults; $10 seniors and college students w/ID; $10 active military w/ID and their family; $6 children ages 5-17; Free for children age 4 and under and MNHS members

Open

    • May 27, 2018 - October 28, 2018

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Directions

  • 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: open Tue-Sat 10 am-5 pm; Sun 12-5 pm. Open Sat 10 am-5 pm in September and October. Please call ahead for field trip or other group reservations.

Attraction Attributes

  • Accessible to Disabled
  • Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more
  • African American Heritage
  • Native American Heritage

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Events

  1. Independence Day Celebration

    Independence Day Celebration

    Hwys 5 and 55
    St Paul, MN 55111
    Call: (612) 726-1171

    Spend the United States' birthday at Historic Fort Snelling and explore the history of freedom in 19th-century America. Discover how many Americans celebrated the holiday nearly two centuries ago, complete with cannon and musket salutes, military dress parades, fife and drum music, and much more.

    But not all Americans viewed Independence Day this way 200 years ago. Visit interactive learning stations around the fort and learn about the struggles for freedom and independence for several different groups of Americans—such as enslaved people, Native Americans, and women—while exploring the question "What does freedom mean today?"

  2. Memorial Day Weekend

    Memorial Day Weekend

    Hwys 5 and 55
    St Paul, MN 55111
    Call: (612) 726-1171

    On Memorial Day Weekend at Historic Fort Snelling, explore the grounds, visit with costumed interpreters, and engage with the many stories that make up the site's history.

    Learn about Native American history and the fort's role in U.S. expansion. Explore stories of African Americans at Fort Snelling, including Dred and Harriet Scott whose struggle to gain freedom from slavery helped ignite the Civil War. Watch demonstrations like cannon firings, hearth cooking, blacksmithing, and more. Join in historic games on the parade grounds, and kids can try out the "History Hunt" scavenger hunt and earn a small prize, a "Fort Kids" button.

    Throughout the weekend, visit the stone barracks and talk with costumed staff representing different eras of U.S. military history. On Saturday, staff will present stories about U.S. expansion during the 1800s. On Sunday, the focus will be on the 20th century and the growth of the U.S. into a global power. On Monday, don't miss a special "living timeline" of America's military past on the fort's parade ground, with costumed staff and reenactors sharing the history of Americans serving in armed conflicts.

  3. World War I Centennial Weekend

    World War I Centennial Weekend

    Hwys 5 and 55
    St Paul, MN 55111
    Call: (612) 726-1171

    Commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I in 2018. The "Great War," as WWI was then called, raged for three years before the U.S. entered the conflict in 1917. America's participation tipped the balance in favor of the Allied powers and helped end the war in November 1918.

    During World War I Weekend, explore the ways this conflict shaped the world we know today and learn about Minnesota's role in the war. Visit with costumed interpreters and reenactors, watch military demonstrations, stand in a recreated WWI-style trench, and experience what life was like for Minnesotans during this crucial time.

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