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Kensington Runestone

Alexandria, MN
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Ranked #9 of 17 Attractions in Alexandria
Type: Monuments/ Statues
Activities: Leisure education
Description: Considered by some as evidence that the Vikings did discover America before Christopher Columbus.
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Alexandria, Minnesota
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

it is just a rock,but I'm from Minnesota so I want that claim to fame....checkout the museum also...we parked and walked all over downtown,great window shopping

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Alexandria, Minnesota
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

It was an incredible experience to see something that carries with it such history! The story of the Runestone was well portrayed and taught us much of the history of this lovely area. The Runestone Museum furthered our learning about what this area used to be like. Not to be missed when you travel to or through Alexandria, Minnesota!

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pompano beach florida
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83 reviews 83 reviews
19 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

"THE" Kensington Runestone had always had it share of doubters ... fellas with hands-in-pockets, wagging their heads from right to left - followed by a few good shrugs or the shoulders. But now with advanced research there has been a more creditable match with the character type found on the Swedish island of Gotland. Authenticity is gaining more momentum, albeit... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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106 reviews 106 reviews
28 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

A nice small town museum with an interesting artifact, the Kensington Runestone with controversy since its discovery. The museum offers "period and wildlife exhibits", as well as other exhibits and items. The museum is located on the north end of the downtown main drag, North Broadway. A 28 foot tall Viking statue of Big Ole guides you to the museum,... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

Wonderful staff. Excellent small museum with tons of local artifacts and interesting history. The Runestone is very mysterious. Local Holy Grail movie a good pre- trip movie to watch to help understand some of how it was found and theories to what it may mean. It is facinating, even if you don't believe all of it. Quite the controversy over... More

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Marshfield, Wisconsin
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96 reviews 96 reviews
41 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Students and practitioners of beautiful script know that available space will fill up with intentions and errors. Even the errors have formal recognition and methods for making them acceptable, ways of placing shortages and misplacements which are common and usual to the time, standard operating procedure for scribes in an multiple effort to keep all the message distinctly formal and... More

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Burnsville, Minnesota
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

This was really neat to see and learn how the real Vikings ended up in Central Minnesota. The Runestone itself was very unique and the story behind it is very interesting as well.

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

Interesting piece of Scandinavian history. Lends support to the theory that the Vikings discovered American BEFORE Christopher Columbus.

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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

I'm Norge. What more can you say?Because the review must be more than characters I will Type away serchering for the grail

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

We were on our way back home and took a detour. Saw the sign and figured we probably wouldn't be passing here again and decided to stop. It was kind of deep in there from when we first saw the sign. Would be nice if there was a guide on the sign "3 miles" etc. When we got there, there... More

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