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

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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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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53 reviews 53 reviews
16 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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96 reviews 96 reviews
36 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
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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Wisconsin
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76 reviews 76 reviews
16 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

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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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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231 reviews 231 reviews
67 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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50 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 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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Minnesota
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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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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Minnesota
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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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