Visitor Experience

The health and safety of our guests, staff, and community is our highest priority. With this in mind, Historic Fort Snelling has made some important updates to promote social distancing during your visit.

Keeping us all safe

We've put safety measures in place to protect the health of our visitors, staff, volunteers, and collections based on guidance from the CDC and local governments:

  • Historic Fort Snelling is limiting the number of people on-site and in the museum store to allow for safe social distancing.
  • Visitors are required to wear a mask indoors and while riding in the golf cart. Masks must cover both mouth and nose. Visitors are also strongly encouraged to wear a mask outdoors.
  • Please maintain a 6-foot distance from other visitors and staff.
  • We’re providing hand-sanitizing stations for visitors and conducting more frequent and enhanced cleaning.
  • If you are feeling sick, have flu-like symptoms, or have been in contact with someone who has recently had COVID-19, please visit us another time.
Face masks required indoors, practice social distancing, sanitize your hands.


Tickets are timed-entry and we encourage visitors to arrive promptly to reduce overcrowding. A limited number of walk-up tickets are available. Tickets must be purchased before 3:30 pm. The grounds close at 4:00 pm.

Grounds pass

Your grounds pass ticket includes access inside the walls of the historic fort, restrooms, and museum store. Due to social distancing protocols, all other buildings are temporarily closed. 

On-site signage will lead guests around the site, and a Story Book will highlight the stories of some of the people who were connected to the site’s history. Staff members are available to share information and answer questions. Musket demonstrations offered daily.

Visitor center

The new visitor center will open in 2022! Learn more about the Historic Fort Snelling Revitalization Project.