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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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New Ulm, MN
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121 reviews 121 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

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 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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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
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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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5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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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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13 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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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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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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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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