Historic Fort Snelling

National Historic Landmark

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


Memorial Day Weekend-Labor Day:
Tue-Sat 10 am-5 pm
Sun Noon-5 pm
Open Memorial Day, July 4, and Labor Day, 10 am-5 pm
Sat Only 10 am-5 pm



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  • $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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2017 Jun 23

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History Players

The History Player outreach programs brings history to you! The presenters offer an hour-long program  with props and a costumed interpreter who will use the life of a person who lived at Fort Snelling to make history come to life!

Length: Approx. 1 hour
Program Cost: $145 per program (includes mileage)
                    *$225 Music of Fort Snelling
*Serving the Twin Cities metro area - call for details.

Please call 612-970-2844 or email nancy.cass@mnhs.org for information about booking a History Player outreach program!

Mrs. Abigail Snelling Pays a Visit
Join us as we turn the calendar back to 1827 and receive Mrs. Abigail Snelling, wife of Fort Snelling's commanding officer, Josiah Snelling, for a social call. Discover what life was like in the early 1800s at a military post over 700 miles from the closest city, St. Louis, Missouri. Learn about clothing styles, food, etiquette and socializing during the early 19th century.

The Post Surgeon Makes a Call
Fort Snelling's doctor makes a call to "physic" you for such ailments as a catarrh and the ague. He'll discuss "modern medicine" of the 1820s and you'll have to decide if the cure sounds worse than the malady. Discover what day to day life was like for a military doctor and learn about his other duties, such as keeping the first weather records in Minnesota.

Col. Josiah Snelling and the 5th U.S. Infantry
Colonel Snelling will journey from Fort Snelling to discuss his early military career, including being taken a prisoner during the War of 1812, and later his assignment to establish a fort at the confluence of the Mississippi and St. Peters (later the Minnesota) rivers. Learn about his family and their lives at the fort, and discover the challenges of constructing and commanding a military post during the early 19th century.

Charlotte Van Cleve
Meet Charlotte Van Cleve, the daughter of an army officer who was with the first group of soldiers sent to establish Fort St. Anthony (Fort Snelling) in 1819. She married an army officer who served with the 2nd Minnesota Infantry during the Civil War, and settled in Minneapolis and became a prominent figure. Van Cleve took up the cause of women's rights, including suffrage and helping establish the Bethany Home for Unwed Mothers. Her book, Three Score Years and Ten, provides insight into life at Fort Snelling during the early 1800s.

Dred Scott & Slavery in Minnesota (non-costumed presentation)
During the 1830s Dred Scott, an enslaved man, was sold to Dr. John Emerson, a military doctor. Emerson took Dred to places where slavery was illegal, including Fort Snelling, where Dred met and married Harriet Robinson, an enslaved woman, and started a family. In 1846 the Scotts began an eleven year court battle for freedom based on their time living in "free" states. The  case made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, where the "Dred Scott Decision" pushed the nation closer towards civil war.

Dr. Daniel Hand and the Civil War
Meet Dr. Daniel Hand, distinguished doctor and Civil War veteran. Dr. Hand served as a surgeon in the Union army with the famous 1st Minnesota Infantry, cared for sick and wounded soldiers throughout the war, and even survived a Confederate prison camp. Learn about how experiences on Civil War battlefields changed the way medicine was practiced forever.

Alan Woolworth and WWII
Learn what life was like at Fort Snelling and overseas for members of Minnesota's Greatest Generation. When the U.S. entered WWII, young Alan Woolworth enlisted in the army at Fort Snelling. Woolworth's military service took him overseas to Europe where he was wounded in action. After the war he became a respected historian and spent many years with the Minnesota Historical Society.

Music of Fort Snelling
When the United States Army arrived at the junction of the Mississippi and St. Peters (Minnesota) rivers, it began a rich tradition of European American music at Fort Snelling. Army musicians performed official calls on the fife and drum, as well as entertained fort residents and visitors with military marches and popular music of the day. Costumed musicians discuss the role of music in the military and play selections that could have been heard at the fort while it was an active military post, from 1819 -1946. Approximately 45 minutes. $225.