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Runestone Museum

206 Broadway, Alexandria, MN 56308
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Ranked #3 of 17 Attractions in Alexandria
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums
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Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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76 reviews 76 reviews
16 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

This is a DO NOT MISS museum. If you follow history at all, this is a must-see. We were very impressed with this museum and the enthusiastic staff. Well worth our stop.

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Moorhead, Minnesota
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

While biking on the Central Lakes Trail my husband, friends and I all stopped into the Runestone Museum. You can not be in Alexandria, MN and not stop to see the famous Runestone. "The Kensington Runestone has led researchers from around the world and across the centuries on an exhaustive quest to explain how a runic artifact, dated 1362, could... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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222 reviews 222 reviews
65 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

This is a wonderful place to visit! About 150 miles from Minneapolis, you can relax and enjoy the Minnesota countryside! This place is going to get even better, and more development is on the way!

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New Ulm, MN
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120 reviews 120 reviews
49 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We had a busload of 55 passengers who visited the museum and came away split as to whether this is legitimate history or a hoax. The museum has a nice display of local history items, but the Runestone is the real draw here. I suggest you do some research before you come. The museum doesn't try to sell it as... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

My husband and I visited this museum on a weekend vacation. I had been there before on family vacation years earlier, it was just as fascinating as I remembered. It's great to learn about the rune stone and MN history. For sure worth the $8 admission.

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Top Contributor
98 reviews 98 reviews
21 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This was an interesting stop while visiting Alexandria with a group. It was interesting to hear about the history of the runestone. They offer a short video upon arrival and have a historical village set up outside.

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Holland, IN USA
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We enjoyed visiting this museum. The entry fee is very affordable for families. The exhibits have a lot of information and items to look at. A short narrative of some of the exhibits are available with a smartphone. (I found this to be very helpful.) There are outdoor exhibits as well. Make sure weather is suitable before going.

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Annapolis, Maryland
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55 reviews 55 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We were passing through Alexandria and decided to stop for something to do. What a surprise. The Rune stone story/history was incredibly interesting. The museum does a good job of explaining the Viking history, the discovery of the Runestone, controversy and recent computer analysis. Whole story is very cool. The rest of the museum is well done w/ exhibits of... More

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Portland, Oregon
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87 reviews 87 reviews
27 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Wow! I expected to just pop in, take a couple of photos of the old (and controversial) runestone supposedly found nearby in the 1890s and we stayed for about three hours looking at all the great displays of pioneer life and the history of this part of Minnesota. They have a large outdoor museum with old buildings full of antiques... More

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Maple Grove, Minnesota
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116 reviews 116 reviews
15 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Historical accuracy arguments aside, this museum is well worth your time to see the exhibits on possible Norse visits to North America, local native and early settler history, local fauna, and military items. The museum consists of various indoor exhibits as well as old and locally historic buildings in an outside fenced area that are period furnished or contain larger... More

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