This winter make sure to visit Historic Fort Snelling to experience the culmination of its revitalization project: the unveiling of the exhibit Many Voices, Many Stories, One Place.
Experience thousands of years of history, beginning with Bdote, sacred Dakota Homeland at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers. From the military fort that played a pivotal role in the nation’s history to the site’s importance in the formation of Minnesota, witness the past unfold through diverse perspectives. Join us in honoring the site’s complex history of pride and resilience, diplomacy and conflict, sovereignty and sacrifice that shapes our collective heritage.
Scroll through the gallery below to see a preview of the perfect visit at Historic Fort Snelling.
1. Seth Eastman’s painting of Fort Snelling in 1848
Seth Eastman’s painting of Fort Snelling in 1848 depicts the Fort from the Minnesota River. The Fort is situated at Bdóte, the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers in Dakota homeland. The US Army built Fort Snelling to protect commerce and project American power in the Dakota homeland of Bdóte.
2. Dred and Harriet Scott
Dred and Harriet Scott were married at Fort Snelling before their landmark court case. Minnesota and Fort Snelling played a vital role in the national struggle of freedom and union over slavery and rebellion.
3. US Army Rehabilitation Hospital
The US Army established a rehabilitation hospital at Fort Snelling to heal the minds and bodies of wounded World War I veterans.
4. Soldiers skiing at the Fort
Soldiers ski at the Fort in winter. Did you know Historic Fort Snelling is now open in the winter? That means we’re open year round! Plan your visit now and avoid cabin fever!
5. Many Voices, Many Stories, One Place
Get to know Fort Snelling’s complex history in the new visitor center exhibit. Many Voices, Many Stories, One Place is an immersive experience told through real people’s perspectives at one of the most pivotal sites in Minnesota history.