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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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English first
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96 reviews 96 reviews
21 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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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49 reviews 49 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
39 helpful votes 39 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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90 reviews 90 reviews
6 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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Alexandria, Minnesota
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

A wonderful, historical museum - starting with a 9 minute video on the discovery of the runestone, and ending with a lovely tour of well displayed period buildings. With some Civil War memorabilia, a large display of local wild animals, and many other historical displays, it is very worth everyone's time.

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38 reviews 38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

They have a Viking Ship that was a Smithsonian exhibit. Right across the street from Big Ole. Tons to see and thoroughly convincing on the fact that Vikings were in Minnesota long before Columbus. Only wish they had more funding to do more research on all the great artifacts. Kids should enjoy it too; there is a hands-on area.

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Los Angeles
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139 reviews 139 reviews
42 attraction reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

It seems that every country in Minnesota has a heritage museum, but what Alexandria has that no one else has is the famous and controversial Kensington runestone, which a farmer in the late 19th century claimed he found on his land and which has been translated to record a Viking landing in Minnesota more than a hundred years before Columbus.... More

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Sutton, Massachusetts
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45 reviews 45 reviews
17 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

Detailed information about a viking trip to Minnesota before Columbus. A stone found in a field with Viking carvings on it. Peak your interest, go see it. The musuem is informative, interesting & fun. Well worht the visit.

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Fargo, ND
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

We have passed by the musuem several times and finally decided to stop. We found it fun and informative. If you have the time to spend an hour our so there, stop by.

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