Historic Fort Snelling

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  • $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.

Attraction Attributes

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

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  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.

    $6 per person
    $5 for MNHS members

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

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