Visitor Experience

We're excited to welcome you back to Historic Fort Snelling! Learn about new health and safety protocols and additional information below to help you plan your visit.

Keeping us all safe

We have put safety measures in place to protect the health of our visitors, staff, and volunteers:

  • We are conducting enhanced cleaning of high-touch surfaces and providing hand-sanitizing stations for visitors. 
  • Social distancing is encouraged.
  • 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.


Visitors and staff are not required to wear masks while on-site. The CDC and MDH recommend masking for all unvaccinated people. Please be respectful of staff and visitors whatever their decision. 


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, the round tower, restrooms, and museum store. Selected spaces are open for viewing. 

On-site signage provides information about the site and buildings, and a storybook will tell the stories of people connected to Historic Fort Snelling. 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.