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Runestone Museum

206 Broadway St, Alexandria, MN 56308-1417
+1 320-763-3160
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A real archaeological treasure!

I have studied the Kensingtone Runestone for many years; I possess and have read most books written... read more

Reviewed 27 November 2017
Hernan R
via mobile
great museum

There is controversy over the discovery of North America by the Norse, but once you see the... read more

Reviewed 16 November 2017
Harleysville, Pennsylvania
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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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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
206 Broadway St, Alexandria, MN 56308-1417
+1 320-763-3160
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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

Thank Hernan R
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

Thank Lipadad
Reviewed 2 October 2017

What a fun place to visit. The Runestone Museum is well thought out and planned with great exhibits showing how the Vikings were in the Americas long before other Nations.

Thank SND139
Reviewed 23 September 2017

And here I thought Columbus discovered the New World! The runestone shows that the Vikings were here earlier. Great variety of exhibits. Outdoor Ft. Alexandria buildings were well done.

Thank CherylFayeM
Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

The website does not do justice to the small but excellent collection of Native American items. Think the stuff you see on Antiques Roadshow, but some of it is even better.

Thank Christine J
Reviewed 14 September 2017

What can I say but I loved looking at all the old boats and history that they have here. I will go back when I can spend more time.

Thank David R
Reviewed 31 August 2017

This was our second visit to the museum, every time we are visiting Minnesota we stop in. There is a fee for the museum but well worth every penny. The museum is full of history of the area and even has a viking boat. Watch...More

Thank outbound1
Reviewed 18 August 2017

This museum is small, but packs so much great information about the area! We were very impressed. The Runestone is fascinating, as is the history of the Vikings exploration of the area. Is it authentic? We say yes! You also get a great view of...More

Thank baba51
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Wow this is a neat place to visit. All kinds of artifacts from yesteryear from early settlers life in Minnesota to the runestone. Makes you wonder who was really first. You also got to visit the surrounding buildings they are a throw back to early...More

Thank Quilabichon
Reviewed 7 August 2017

We arrived around 4:15 pm on a Saturday. Museum closes at 5:00, so we quickly visited the indoor and outdoor exhibits and watched the looping video about the Runestone. Wish we had had a just a little more time to really see everything (1 -...More

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Runestone-Museum, General Manager at Runestone Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2017

Thank you so much for your review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit--sorry you felt rushed--there is A LOT to see and discover! We hope to see you back if you visit the area again. Best Regards! The Runestone Museum Foundation

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Response from Marge A | Reviewed this property |
That is great information. I am going to print off the explanation and send it to the curator.