Visitor Information

SIBLEY HISTORIC SITE

1357 Sibley Memorial Highway
Mendota, MN 55150

The Sibley Historic Site is owned by the state of Minnesota and managed by the Dakota County Historical Society in conjunction with the Minnesota Historical Society. 

Plan your visit to the Sibley Historic Site

Hours

Open May 24 – Sept 2
Fri-Sun, 10am – 5pm
Guided tours leave the Dupuis House at 10:00 am, 11:30 am, 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4:00 pm. Each tour lasts approximately 60 minutes.

Holiday Schedule

Upcoming Events

Admission

There is an admission fee for most events at the Sibley Historic Site.

Click here to see current admission rates.

Field Trips

Special Group and Educational tours are available by reservation on weekdays and also in the winter and spring. Call (651) 452-1596 or use the Online Field Trip Request Form through MHS to arrange a special tour. 

If you are not able to cover the discount admission fees for your students, the Friends of the Sibley Historic Site offer sponsorships in some cases. 

Special Events

The site can be rented for special events; call (651) 452-1592 to inquire regarding availability and rates. In addition to weddings, the site has hosted many American Girl birthday parties featuring Felicity.

Tours of historic homes can be arranged, as well as games & activities of the mid-19th century. The grounds are available for picnics or in case of rain, a room on site will be provided.

When You Visit

The Dakota County Historical Society manages a store inside the Dupuis House that carries history-themed toys, collectibles, posters, historic reproductions, and books, including biographies of Henry Sibley and histories of Minnesota’s fur trade and Native Americans. While snacks are also available here, there are no dining facilities on-site.

Parking

  • There is on-street parking in front of the Dupuis House on Hwy 13/Sibley Memorial Highway
  • There are a few parking stalls on the side of the Dupuis House off D Street
  • There is on-street parking downhill from the site, in front of the Sibley House and Faribault House on D Street
  • Bus parking is available on Hwy 13/Sibley Memorial Highway, or downhill on D-Street where there is some parking and a turn-around
  • Three handicapped parking spots are available. For more information on site accessibility, click here.

Guided Tours

The Sibley Historic Site Tour takes guests through the four limestone buildings on site. Guided tours leave the Dupuis House at 10:00 am, 11:30 am, 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4:00 pm. Each tour lasts approximately 60 minutes.

All guided tours last approximately 60 minutes and start at the Dupuis House. If you require special accommodations for the tour such as handicap accessible ramp or ASL interpretation, please contact the site with enough notice to make proper arrangements.

Self-Guided Tours

The grounds are open to the public. Walk the site to learn about existing and demolished structures of the1800s fur trade.

Cell Phone Tours

The Minnesota Historical Society sponsors History on the Spot, a virtual cell phone tour. Call toll-free at (877) 411-4123 and press 2 for the Sibley Historic Site. Then press 4 to learn about the house restorations.

This will give you a small sampling of house information as you wander the grounds of the Sibley Historic Site.

Get Involved

You can make a difference by getting involved in continuing the preservation of the Sibley Historic Site. Schedule a tour, visit our gift shop, and/or make a donation.

We welcome new members and look forward to adding you to the Friends of the Sibley Historic Site. Please join us!