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. Blacksmithing I

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

    Join us at Historic Fort Snelling for an opportunity to try your hand at blacksmithing under the direction of our skilled smiths. Participants will work the forge, pound out the hot metal, and shape the iron using hammer and tongs as it was done two centuries ago. Bring your completed project, a working fire steel, home to impress family and friends with your new smithing skills. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required. Participants ages 13-17 must be accompanied throughout the program by a responsible adult. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required.

    $65 per participant / $60 for MHS members

    Space is limited to 4 per class, so reserve your space today!

  2. Blacksmithing II

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

    Individuals who have already participated in the Blacksmithing I program are encouraged to join the skilled trades people of Historic Fort Snelling and further sharpen their blacksmithing skills. Students will work on an advanced smithing project – making a real working knife. Children ages 13-17 must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required.

    $75 per participant / $70 for MHS members

    Space is limited to 4 per class, so reserve your space today!

  3. 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 more than 24,000 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.

    Admission
    $6 per person / $5 for MHS members

  4. Civil War Weekend: 1864

    200 Tower Ave
    St Paul, MN 55111
    Call: 612-726-1171

    Sat 10 - 5, Sun 10 - 5

    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-era medicine, period cooking, fife and drum music, an 1860s fashion show, and more!

  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 19, 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

    Groups are invited to bring their buses to Historic Fort Snelling for a special step on tour that goes inside the historic fort gates as well as past the Upper Post. A costumed guide will spend an hour with the group discussing the history of the fort and share stories of the people who lived there. A stop inside the Commandant’s House, the oldest house in Minnesota, is optional. After the tour, guests can go inside the Visitor Center to look through exhibits, shop in the gift store and watch the 20 minute film "Where the Waters Meet: Stories of Fort Snelling."

    The fort's gate opening accommodates buses up to 13 ft. wide.

  7. Independence Day Celebration

    200 Tower Ave.
    St Paul, MN 55111
    Call: 612-726-1171

    10 am - 5 pm

    Spend the day celebrating our nation’s independence just like during the 1800s! Hear the roar of cannon salutes, watch military dress parades, listen to fife and drum music, participate in family-friendly activities, and so much more!

    As part of exploring the history of freedom in America, visitors can learn about slavery in Minnesota and the part Fort Snelling played in the great debate over freedom during the 1800s. Guests can also watch a War of 1812 "mock-battle" on the Parade Ground celebrating Colonel Snelling's victory at the Battle of Oak Woods.

  8. Military History Timeline

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

    Mon 10 - 5

    Travel through the past with a special living timeline of military life through history during this special day honoring America’s soldiers. Costumed staff and reenactors will interpret different eras of military history through uniform and equipment displays as well as weapons demonstrations. See large-scale military demonstrations throughout the day, play children’s games, and explore Minnesota’s oldest military post.

    $11 Adults
    $9 Seniors
    $6 Children (ages 6-17)
    FREE Children (ages 5 & under) and MHS members

    Veterans receive FREE admission on Memorial Day

  9. Minnesota and the First World War

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

    10 am - 5 pm (Both days)

    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.

  10. World War II Weekend

    Fort Snelling/Bloomington Road exit on Highway 55
    Minneapolis, MN 55111
    Call: 612-726-1171

    10 am - 5 pm (both days)

    The 1940s come to life this weekend at Historic Fort Snelling! Thousands of Minnesotans joined the military at Fort Snelling during World War II, and this special event explores the stories of Minnesota's Greatest Generation. Visit with costumed staff and reenactors to learn about the lives of soldiers and civilians, enjoy displays of vintage vehicles, watch weapons firings, and much more! Guests can also participate in a 1940s radio "broadcast" and enjoy a re-created USO show!

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