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Address: Alexandria, MN
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Considered by some as evidence that the Vikings did discover America before...

Considered by some as evidence that the Vikings did discover America before Christopher Columbus.

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Awed to see this artifact.

It's hard to believe that there are some legendary items you can still see right in front of you. This is one of them. The stone is easy to see and I can't imagine how some farmer... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 21, 2015
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Perham, Minnesota
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Perham, Minnesota
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38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

It's hard to believe that there are some legendary items you can still see right in front of you. This is one of them. The stone is easy to see and I can't imagine how some farmer in the 1800s could have written on this to fake it.

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Englewood, Florida
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53 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

The real Kensington Runestone is located in the Runestone Museum. We've visited the roadside monument and the museum. Even tho' the monument says it is much bigger, you don't realize the difference in scale until you've seen the real Runestone. And it is worth the price of admission to see it! The museum does a very good job of explaining... More 

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West Linn, Oregon
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10 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

I'm not a big museum fan but this is worth the stop. You need to see the Runestone. All ages will enjoy this interesting place. Nice gift shop. Good place to find out information of the area.

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Somewhereselse
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36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Who would have thought that the fierce Norsemen traveled all the way to MN and left chiseled evidence of their adventure? It is a great tourist attraction, very informative, and puts critics to rest that still claim Columbus "discovered" America. It is time to re-name Columbus Day into Viking Day!

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Thank Susiesw
Grey Eagle, Minnesota
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449 reviews
170 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 471 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

This museum is located at the end of the main street in Alexandria, MN. We were really surprised that this stone that is supposed to be so important is right out in the open by the front door. I hope they have a better security system. Be sure to read up on it before you go. Worth the money to... More 

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Delano, Minnesota, United States
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

We learned about the Kensington Runestone and toured their lovely museum. The kids even learned a couple new games (that are not electronic!) and we purchased one of them in the gift store. Well worth the entrance fee. A must see if you are in the area and enjoy learning about Minnesota history.

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Alexandria, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

it is just a rock,but I'm from Minnesota so I want that claim to fame....checkout the museum also...we parked and walked all over downtown,great window shopping

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Alexandria, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

It was an incredible experience to see something that carries with it such history! The story of the Runestone was well portrayed and taught us much of the history of this lovely area. The Runestone Museum furthered our learning about what this area used to be like. Not to be missed when you travel to or through Alexandria, Minnesota!

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pompano beach florida
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83 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

"THE" Kensington Runestone had always had it share of doubters ... fellas with hands-in-pockets, wagging their heads from right to left - followed by a few good shrugs or the shoulders. But now with advanced research there has been a more creditable match with the character type found on the Swedish island of Gotland. Authenticity is gaining more momentum, albeit... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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166 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

A nice small town museum with an interesting artifact, the Kensington Runestone with controversy since its discovery. The museum offers "period and wildlife exhibits", as well as other exhibits and items. The museum is located on the north end of the downtown main drag, North Broadway. A 28 foot tall Viking statue of Big Ole guides you to the museum,... More 

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