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Address: 206 Broadway, Alexandria, MN 56308
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Kensington Rune Stone

The Alexandria Kensington runestone is located in this museum. The history of the runestone and the translation are very interesting. Runic experts in American and Sweden are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Cloquet
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Cloquet
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

The Alexandria Kensington runestone is located in this museum. The history of the runestone and the translation are very interesting. Runic experts in American and Sweden are divided about it's authenticity. The museum has a gift shop where you can buy books and souvenirs. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in Viking exploration of North America.

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35 reviews 35 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

I was incredibly impressed with this museum. All of the exhibits are very well preserved and presented. The runestone itself is fascinating. The museum does a very good job presenting facts and allowing the visitor to come to their own conclusion. I am still incredibly impressed.

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Delano, Minnesota, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Our family thoroughly enjoyed visiting and learning about Minnesota history. There were even some board games played in the past that my children enjoyed so much we bought one in the gift shop. They periodically play which is a nice break from all their electronic gadgets. Lots to see, lots to experience!

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Minnesota
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

My husband and I visited on New Year's Eve and were welcomed warmly by all the staff. We were the only ones to sign the guest register yet that day (it was late morning) the day before had 1 visitor. So we had the place to ourselves. The staff went in and turned on some of the videos and lights... More 

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Alexandria, Minnesota
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Nice local attraction. Hands on for kids. Family friendly. Close to local eating establishment (The Depot - family dinning/pizza/bar) or good sized fully stocked grocery store (Eldens Food Fair).

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Grinnell, Iowa
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

On my 16-day journey, I wanted to have at least one stop in every state I visited. The Runestone Museum was not one of my original stops, but it was on the route and the information I found about it looked interesting. The admission fee was a reasonable $8.00. This was Memorial Day weekend, so I was surprised that I... More 

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North Dakota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

We spent a day in the Alexandria area, and decided to check out the Museum where they house the Kensington Runestone. We were interested from start to finish. Not only did we add to our knowledge of the Runestone, but we learned how its discovery basically destroyed a family. Further, the museum gave significant historical information on life in West... More 

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Barnum, Minnesota
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

You learn a little local history that is very interesting and historically significant. We were pleasantly surprised. I'm glad we stopped!

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Guisborough
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58 reviews 58 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

The Runestone itself is a fascinating story, but we really enjoyed the replicated buildings which gave a definite insight into what it was like 'back in the day'. A real step back in time, and staff were very friendly as well.

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Bensalem, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

We had happened to plan on spending the night in Alexandria and, much to my surprise, I found that the Runestone Museum held the Kensington Runestone. I had read about the runestone when I was a child--a long time ago--so, I just had to see it. Some believe the runestone to be a hoax; some consider it to be authentic.... More 

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