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Runestone Museum

206 Broadway Street, Alexandria, MN 56308-1417
+1 320-763-3160
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Charming little museum

We first heard about the Kensington Runestone on H2's America Unearthed and mainly visited the... read more

Reviewed 11 July 2017
Interesting information

We stopped by, and learned quite a bit about the runestone. I guess I was always skeptic about it... read more

Reviewed 6 July 2017
Mike F
Osseo, Minnesota
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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
206 Broadway Street, Alexandria, MN 56308-1417
+1 320-763-3160
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Reviewed 11 July 2017

We first heard about the Kensington Runestone on H2's America Unearthed and mainly visited the museum to see the artifact. There has been a lot of controversy as to the legitimacy of this find on a farmer's farm in 1898, but it was really interesting...More

Thank RT11142014
Reviewed 6 July 2017

We stopped by, and learned quite a bit about the runestone. I guess I was always skeptic about it, but what I learned here made me reconsider it. Enjoyed the village outside

Thank Mike F
Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

If you remember the History Channel program "Holy Grail in America", you will no doubt be familiar with the Kensington Stone, making this a great stop. Highly recommended if travelling from Minneapolis to Bismarck, as one of a couple good stops along the route. The...More

Thank Sir_Robert_427
Reviewed 29 June 2017

First: get your photo with the giant Viking statue in park. This was a very informative and interesting exhibit. The history behind it is fascinating. You can visit the little houses out back and see displays. We had more fun than we thought we would....More

Thank Cassandra C
Reviewed 29 June 2017

This was a good way to spend a couple hours, but a little expensive. Got lucky, they had special exhibits and demos the day we were there.

Thank woodyemta4
Reviewed 26 June 2017

The museum is home to the Kensington Runestone. That is the main reason we stopped. But it tells a lot more history. There are sections on the Vikings, Native Americans, American settlers, fossils, and aircraft. The Runestone is, in itself, amazing. The film and informational...More

1  Thank nephnurse
Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

Nice place to spend an hour. Bigger inside than you expect and the outdoor buildings are nice. We watched the movie st the beginning, recommend this to get the background. They offer a AAA discount.

2  Thank akmn
Reviewed 17 April 2017

"Enigma" is wrong word. "Fact" is the better word. On 2014 visit uncontroversial. Any calligrapher could concur. Best Norse museum outside of Oslo. Probable 16-19th century Spontoon was unlabeled. Should be able to narrow time of manufacture of this "build-your-own-handle" spear-head.

Thank MissPriss234
Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

Presents a pretty good case for the history of early Viking exploration here. Be sure to watch the 8 min movie. Main attraction is of course the stone itself. Other artifacts also support early Vikings in this region. Good to have seen this piece of...More

Thank Stubby8
Reviewed 22 February 2017

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...More

2  Thank bmckirdy
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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.