Historic Fort Snelling 2020

Historic Fort Snelling Revitalization Project


Historic Fort Snelling Revitalization Update

Construction of the Historic Fort Snelling revitalization project is set to get underway in early 2020.

The $34.5 million project includes $19.5 million appropriated by the state, plus $15 million pledged in private dollars. MNHS is grateful for the continued support from the governor and legislature, educators, veterans, community partners, MNHS members and private citizens statewide.

The site will remain open during construction with work expected to be completed in 2022.

As part of the revitalization of the site, MNHS is looking at whether the current name adequately reflects the expanded stories being shared there. Last August, a statewide effort began to gather public input on the name of Historic Fort Snelling, the 23-acre historic site operated by MNHS. Find out more about the public input process.

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Many stories—still untold

The vision of Historic Fort Snelling is to inspire a better future by providing a place to learn, share and connect to all of the complex stories that shape history in Minnesota.

With a human history 10,000 years in the making, the area around Fort Snelling, known as Bdote by the Dakota, is the site of essential stories of our shared past — some well-known, others known by very few.

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The Need

Historic Fort Snelling’s buildings and grounds are not serving the public well. The current visitor center is dilapidated and the dramatic blufftop views of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers’ confluence are hidden.

Now is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to connect Historic Fort Snelling and its stories in meaningful ways with increasingly diverse families, schoolchildren, and tourists worldwide.

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The revised revitalization project includes removal of the current, failing, visitor center; creating a dynamic new visitor center with a 4,000-square-foot exhibit inside a rehabilitated 1904 cavalry barracks; making updates to the landscape to provide opportunities for outdoor learning and for reflection and commemoration; improving parking, wayfinding and access; and rolling out an interpretive plan developed with community partners that expands stories of the military, Dakota, African-Americans, Japanese-Americans, women and more.



Visit Historic Fort Snelling

Experience Historic Fort Snelling this summer. Plan ahead to experience signature events such as Memorial Day, Independence Day, and World War I weekends. Veterans and active military receive free admission on Memorial Day.