Historic Fort Snelling Debuts New Visitor Center and Grounds Over Memorial Day Weekend

The Minnesota Historical Society said on Tuesday that over Memorial Day weekend, it will “reintroduce” Historic Fort Snelling to the public.

On May 28, a new tourist center, housed in a beautifully renovated 1904 military barracks, will open to the public.

Over Memorial Day weekend, visitors may tour the site’s grounds, which now include larger educational areas, picturesque walking trails and enhanced overlooks, Indigenous landscapes with native flora, and other modifications. The National Historic Landmark site now offers better accessibility, parking, and a picnic area.

The public may now visit Fort Snelling and learn about the site’s history, from when it was the Dakota homeland to its involvement in World War II and beyond, according to personnel and historians.

The $34.5 million project took more than two years to complete, including $19.5 million from the state of Minnesota and $15 million from private sources.

Live music, a Civil War cannon display, an 1890s mechanized infantry bicycle demonstration, and a World War I demonstration that explains how baseball was used to instruct soldiers on how to utilize gas masks are among the events planned for Memorial Day weekend.

With its reinstatement, the tourist center and the site will be open all year, rather than just during the summer.

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