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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American Indian History

Archaeologists believe the first humans entered this region between 9,000 - 12,000 years ago, likely following herds of game animals. Approximately 1,000 years ago, people living in this area were using the waterways for transportation, food and to develop an extensive trade relationship with other native peoples—trade items from this and other regions have been found along the entire Mississippi River. By the 1600s there were two main groups of people living in present-day Minnesota, the Dakota and the Ojibwe. By the end of the 1600s Europeans had arrived in the region and began a long and complex relationship with American Indians which helped shape the world we live in today.

Traditionally, both the Dakota and Ojibwe peoples passed on their history through oral traditions - stories and remembrances told from generation to generation.  Combining these oral traditions with written records from the past help us understand how the Dakota and Ojibwe lived in this region during the early 1800s.

Click below to learn more about American Indian nations living in the Minnesota region during the early 1800s and U.S. government Indian Policy during this period.