Established in the early 1820s, Fort Snelling was built to protect the fur trade. Today, the reconstructed fort is a National Historic Landmark where visitors can learn not only about military history from before the Civil War through World War II, but also about domestic life, slavery in Minnesota and the U.S. Dakota War of 1862.
The staff at Fort Snelling tell stories from across the fort’s two centuries of history, demonstrate skills needed in 19th-century everyday life and reenact 19th-century military tactics. Archeology exhibits illustrate the 10,000 years of human habitation on the site.
Operating Hours & Seasons:
Open to the public Memorial Day Weekend and early June through early September. Check out their website for exact dates and times. Closed on Mondays.
Location: 200 Tower Ave, St Paul, MN 55111