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Runestone Museum

Address: 206 Broadway, Alexandria, MN 56308
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Ranked #3 of 19 Attractions in Alexandria
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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English first
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
16 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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137 reviews 137 reviews
50 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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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Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
16 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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255 reviews 255 reviews
70 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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