A New Vision for Historic Fort Snelling

The vision for a revitalized Historic Fort Snelling is to provide a place to learn, share, and connect to all of the complex stories that shape our history in Minnesota.

Many stories — still untold

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.

Help us create new ways of drawing Minnesotans and people worldwide to this unique, compelling site.

  • Sacred Dakota site
  • Fur trade
  • US westward expansion
  • US-Dakota War of 1862
  • Dred and Harriet Scott
  • Civil War
  • Buffalo Soldiers
  • World War I
  • World War II
  • Military Intelligence Language School
  • Veterans’ stories

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.

With the support of citizens like you and the state of Minnesota, a new vision is possible.

Decaying visitor center windows.


Help us create a new way of drawing Minnesotans and people worldwide to this unique, compelling site by advocating for the Historic Fort Snelling Revitalization Project’s funding.

Aerial schematic rendering of Historic Fort Snelling.