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Runestone Museum

206 Broadway St, Alexandria, MN 56308-1417
+1 320-763-3160
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Norse History or Hoax?

We visited the Runestone Museum on a rainy weekday morning. For $20 a family of 4 can visit this... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Fambly101
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Runestone Museum worth the trip

The runestone and viking ship copy brought me here but the history made it worthwhile. There is a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Laura L
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Detroit, Michigan
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Rated a Gem “must-see” point of interest by AAA. This kid-friendly museum has a Scavenger Hunt for the young and young at heart! Our most famous artifact is the Kensington Runestone and its mysterious runic message. Was it carved in 1362? Recent laboratory and linguistic analysis of the stone suggests yes! But even as more supporting evidence of its authenticity is revealed, controversy continues to swirl around this internationally renowned artifact. Visit the museum, see the Runestone and learn its story…then decide for yourself. The Runestone Museum also features pioneer displays, a wildlife exhibit, a World War II living room with 1940’s music playing, a children’s discovery area and special limited time exhibits. The museum’s Native American exhibit garnered national attention when our rare 1920s Ojibwe jingle dress appeared in the American Indian Art magazine. There is now a decorated full sized Tipi in the Native American camp diorama. Fort Alexandria is a delightful collection of restored buildings from 1868 to 1910 that includes a furnished township school, pioneer church, log home, and stage stop. The large Annex has many displays, including a 40 foot replica Viking ship and a huge 1906 steam tractor. The third annual History Live! in Fort Alexandria will be Fri. and Sat. June 23 - 24, 2017. Enjoy live historic reenactments from the Fur Trade, Pioneer, and Civil War eras, kid’s activities and family fun. Check the museum website for dates and admission prices. The museum is open year round.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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206 Broadway St, Alexandria, MN 56308-1417
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We visited the Runestone Museum on a rainy weekday morning. For $20 a family of 4 can visit this quaint and eclectic museum. The kids (9 and 13) both enjoyed the scavenger hunt and earned some free gifts for finding all of the item on...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The runestone and viking ship copy brought me here but the history made it worthwhile. There is a lot of local and Native American history. Our visit capped off a fun day exploring out-of-the-way places in Minnesota and it was fascinating. I recommend the runestone...More

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Runestone-Museum, General Manager at Runestone Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your visit to the museum and to Alexandria. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit and that you shared your experience on TripAdviser. Maybe we'll see you again some time!

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Reviewed 29 April 2018

The funny thing about whether or not the Runestone is real or not (it is probably a fake), is that the other things that are there are definitely worth seeing. The log cabin and schoolroom out back are amazing because they are authentic. The rune...More

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Runestone-Museum, Guest Relations Manager at Runestone Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2018

Thank you for your visit and for your review!

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Reviewed 11 April 2018

We learned a lot of new interesting facts about the history of the American continent. One of those places which hides a lot of fascinating things behind it's walls.

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Runestone-Museum, Manager at Runestone Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2018

Thank you for your visit and your review! We're glad you enjoyed your time at the museum!

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

This unassuming building has far more content and displays than you might imagine. Unfortunately, we arrived after a spring storm had dumped enough snow that we didn't venture into the outdoor exhibits but we would certainly stop again in more accessible weather. The runestone and...More

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Runestone-Museum, Manager at Runestone Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2018

Thank you for your visit and your review--hopefully you will be able to visit again during better weather, as the the outdoor buildings are well worth a look. Be sure to check out the website for events we hold outside in historic Fort Alexandria!

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Reviewed 17 March 2018

We dropped by the museum to see the runestone, which was cool. It was still winter season, so the outside was not open for the season, we will be coming back. There are many viking, native American and settler artifacts in the museum. There is...More

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Runestone-Museum, General Manager at Runestone Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 2018

Thank you so much for your visit--we're glad you enjoyed your time at our museum and look forward to seeing you again in the warmer months! Fort Alexandria, the outdoor portion of the Runestone Museum opens April 1 (weather permitting)!

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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

Was on a layover for work and went here to kill time. I did more then that as the museum does a great job of sharing a pro and con view of the runestone story. In addition it is full of local history artifacts etc....More

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Runestone-Museum, General Manager at Runestone Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 2018

Thank you for making time to visit during your work layover! We are glad to hear you enjoyed our museum and appreciated our objective presentation of information. Thank you for sharing your experience!

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Reviewed 22 January 2018

They store a lot of history in this Museum! It has a fascinating array of artifacts from many indigenous (Native American) cultures along with the Viking and Scandinavian Norse cultures. There were displays of life and objects along with narration of early settler lifestyles with...More

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Reviewed 27 November 2017 via mobile

I have studied the Kensingtone Runestone for many years; I possess and have read most books written about it, and having come to the firm conclusion the runestone us authentic, I just had to see the original. I was overwhelmed. It is definitely going all...More

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Reviewed 16 November 2017

There is controversy over the discovery of North America by the Norse, but once you see the exhibits at this small museum, there will be no doubt in your mind. The place is well laid out, clean, and well-signed, The longboat is very impressive, and...More

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That is great information. I am going to print off the explanation and send it to the curator.
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