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Runestone Museum

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Address: 206 Broadway Street, Alexandria, MN 56308
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+1 320-763-3160
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10:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Thu 10:00 - 16:00
Fri 10:00 - 09:59
Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Rated a Gem “must-see” point of interest by AAA. This kid-friendly museum...

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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Great family fun: the scavenger hunt, exhibit related hands on area and Fort Aleandria were a big hit with kids through

Teen years. Compelling exhibits with the right amount of explanations, technology and friendly staff to round out the experience! Found it rated as a ,Gem by AAA ! We agreed!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 September 2016
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Alexandria, Minnesota
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Alexandria, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Teen years. Compelling exhibits with the right amount of explanations, technology and friendly staff to round out the experience! Found it rated as a ,Gem by AAA ! We agreed!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

A great day trip visit between fishing excursions! Come see how the early settlers to the Alexandria area lived!

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Quakertown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Great stop for some education on route to fargo. The stone was a great story. Also has some older buildings on site to take in.

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

The stuffed dog creeped me out. The rest of the history and the rune stone was good. Clean and well kept

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

This is an off the beat museum that any history lover should visit. The Kensington Runestone is on display and many, many artifacts are presented that challenge the accepted version of history. The possibility that Vikings penetrated as far in land as this part of the US and the museum presents the evidence fairly – with both pros and cons.... More 

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Tombstone, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

great museum and fort a must see . shows you a lot of info about vikings in the area and the rune stone they left behind .

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

Visiting the Runestone Museum was an interesting and memorable. Would have liked more detailed information.

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Alexandria, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

The Runestone Museum in Alexandria, MN is a first stop for tourists to get an understanding of our area - past and present. It is laid out nicely with new attractions "under construction" to keep it fresh. It is self-guided or you can have a staff member guide you through. The cost is inexpensive for all of the info you... More 

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Pensacola, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

I was not excited about going to this museum but a few minutes in and I was captivated .If the runes tone is authentic ( and there is controversy) then it means the Vikings were in Minnesota in the 1300 s. The case for the stone being authentic is compelling and makes you want it to be true. I'm not... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

If you are looking for something to do in Alexandria MN this is a very good one. It is right downtown and unique. There are lots of frontier era artifacts, furniture, log cabins. Plus there is the Runestone. This is a stone tablet left behind by a Viking expedition in the 13th century. It is not a fake in my... More 

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