Daily Experience

Here’s what you can see, do, and experience during regular hours at the historic fort.

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Self-guided tours

All day

Explore the many buildings of the historic fort, inside and out, at your own pace.

A group of visitors gathers around a tour guide on the grounds of Fort Snelling.

Guided theme tours

Schedules and programs subject to change.

  • Landscape of Bdote (30 minutes) — Learn about the importance of the site’s location in the Dakota worldview, culture, and communities.
    Saturdays at 4:30 pm.
  • "Remembering the US-Dakota War of 1862" Conversation Tour (30 minutes) — Explore the role played by Fort Snelling in the US-Dakota War and its aftermath, and see locations that connect to the conflict.
    Saturdays at 12:30 pm.
  • Women's Stories (30 minutes) — Learn about the women who lived at Fort Snelling in the 1800s, and how their experiences at the Fort were influenced by race, class and marital status.
    Saturdays at 2:30 pm.
A family listens as a Fort Snelling staff person talks about historic objects displayed on a table.

Activity stations

All day

Explore themes and topics in-depth at interpretive stations located throughout the historic site. Interpreters will engage you in activities and conversations about Dakota homeland, immigration, soldiers, race, healing, and more — helping you draw connections between past and present.

Four interpreters dressed as soldiers walk in formation.

Demonstrations

Watch scheduled and ongoing demonstrations by costumed and non-costumed interpreters. Some of the demos invite you to try out activities for yourself! 

Schedules and programs subject to change.

  • All day:
    Hearth cooking and blacksmithing.
  • At specific times (see schedule below):
    Military tactics (musket/cannon), baseball/rounders, children’s games, and laundry technology.

Demonstration schedules

Demonstrations last approximately 20 minutes.

Saturday

Time Activity
10:30 am Laundry
11:00 am Baseball Game
11:30 am Children's Games
Noon Artillery & Infantry Drills
12:30 pm

U.S. Dakota War of 1862 Tour

1:00 pm Baseball Game
1:30 pm Laundry
2:00 pm Physical Training/Therapy
2:30 pm Women's Stories Tour
3:00 pm Artillery & Infantry Drills
3:30 pm Children's Games
4:00 pm Shinny Game
4:30 pm Landscape Walking Tour