Historic Fort Snelling

National Historic Landmark

Mailing Address:
200 Tower Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55111


Closed for the season except for special events.
Memorial Day Weekend-Labor Day:
Tuesday: 10 am-5 pm
Wednesday: 10 am-5 pm
Thursday: 10 am-5 pm
Friday: 10 am-5 pm
Saturday: 10 am-5 pm
Sunday: Noon-5 pm
Monday: Closed
Open Memorial Day, July 4, and Labor Day, 10 am-5 pm
Sat Only 10 am-5 pm



Get Tickets
  • $12 adults
  • $10 seniors and college students w/ID
  • $10 veterans and active military
  • $6 children ages 5-17
  • Free for children age 4 and under and MNHS members
  • Museums on Us: One free admission for Bank of America and Merrill Lynch card holders the first full weekend of every month. Bring your card and picture ID.
  • Free parking




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These photographs from the Minnesota Historical Society's collections depict buildings, landscapes and people related to Fort Snelling.

Officers of the 1st Minnesota Volunteers

Officers of the 1st Minnesota Volunteers arrayed in front of the commandant's quarters at Fort Snelling in May of 1861.

Dakota internment camp

The Dakota internment camp below Fort Snelling as it appeared in late 1862 or early 1863. Over 1600 Dakota people were held in the camp in the aftermath of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. Photographed by Benjamin Franklin Upton.

View of Fort Snelling inside the fort walls

Photograph of the interior of Fort Snelling taken from the top of the Round Tower by an agent of Whitney's Gallery in 1865. Visible are the commandant's house, officers' quarters, hospital, sutler's store rooms (previously a schoolhouse and chapel), well and magazine.

View of the landing road and hexagonal tower

Fort Snelling's landing road and hexagonal tower as they appeared in 1887 photographed by an unknown artist.

Crow Indian chiefs at Fort Snelling

Photograph by an unknown photographer of Crow Indian chiefs held at Fort Snelling on November 7, 1887. The chiefs were captured at the site of the Battle of the Little Bighorn and moved to Fort Snelling for detention.

View of the Round Tower, 1900

Photograph of Mrs. E.L. Brown, Elva Brown, Mrs. A.P. McWithy, and Mrs. Charles E. Smith walking by Fort Snelling's Round Tower, circa 1900. Photographer unknown.

21st Infantry Band stationed at Fort Snelling

Photograph of the Twenty-First Infantry Band stationed at Fort Snelling circa 1900. Photographer unknown.

View of the Round Tower, 1942

Photograph of the exterior of Fort Snelling's Round Tower as it appeared in 1942. Photographed by Norton & Peel.

Aerial view of Fort Snelling, 1959

Aerial photograph of Fort Snelling and vicinity taken on November 25, 1959 by the St. Paul Dispatch & Pioneer Press.