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Runestone Museum

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Address: 206 Broadway Street, Alexandria, MN 56308
Phone Number:
+1 320-763-3160
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

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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One of Alexandria's Must See places

What a great afternoon. The displays are fun and easy to understand. There are things for the kids to do. They have audio to go with the displays that can be accessed from... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Alexandria, Minnesota
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Alexandria, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a great afternoon. The displays are fun and easy to understand. There are things for the kids to do. They have audio to go with the displays that can be accessed from your cell phone. I live in the area, and when we have company this is a great way to give friends and family something to talk about.... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Visited the Runestone on the recommendation of an Alexandria local - GREAT tip! Museum fee was reasonable. And, while the exhibits/space themselves are somewhat small - everything was well-done and VERY interesting! Beyond the runestone and accompanying video, a portfolio of local newspapers going back some decades was fascinating to look at. Definitely worth an hour of time to tour!

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Kennewick, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

If you are staying or passing through, this is worth a stop. The background of the Kenningston rune stone is pretty interesting. They also have some nice Objiwe and pioneer artifacts. There is a nominal charge.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

We enjoyed the museum, but found the temperature on the chilly side. Perhaps because there are fewer visitors this time of year the temperature on the thermostat was lowered. We are seniors and would have appreciated a few places to sit down. As we were leaving my husband wanted to ask some questions of the director in charge who seemed... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

It was cold in Alexandria, so we decided to look into the Runestone Museum. The centerpiece is the Runestone that was found in the roots of a tree. The stone has etched/carved into it ancient letters that tell of a trip into the area by Vikings. The trip was well before Columbus arrived. There is a well done video telling... More 

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Alexandria, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Better than average local museum featuring the famous viking runestone. This artifact is the actual thing , not a replica.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

I liked the museum. I found it educational. I just wish there was more. Nice little gem is out back there are old buildings with antique items in them. This was a small educational museum that could have cost less per person. Luckily, we had a BOGO coupon so the price was fine. They have a small visitors center inside.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

I had heard about the Rhinestone for years reading accounts both pro and con. There is a short film about the discovery and subsequent controversy. The stone itself is prominently displayed. There are a number of other artifacts in the small museum. The replica Viking long ship is very interesting. You may or may not be convinced but you will... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

This nice museums offered pros and cons about the Runestone found nearby over 100 years ago. The displays were informative and well done. But there's more--plenty of info about nearby tribes, about white settlers and about the nature of the area. In back are examples of buildings from the city's early establishment.

Thank deb W
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

So many artifacts to see. Very clean and the flow is great. Lots of signs to read and learn more. The Runestone, Indian artifacts very interesting. Spread out and could find them right away.

Thank Laura G

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