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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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Worth the stop to see it

It is a nice little museum and an interesting history to the stone. They have a video that explains the history of the runestone and the stone is front and center along with some... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 3, 2016
KristinaJ1111
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Lester Prairie, Minnesota
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Crestview
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46 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

I was lured to this roadside attraction by the other reviews on this site, but in retrospect it wasn't worth the stop. There is a short, interesting film about the stone and the stone itself. That's it. The rest of the museum featuring local history is lame and in shambles. I paid $8 admission to see the stone, my husband... More 

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Lester Prairie, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

It is a nice little museum and an interesting history to the stone. They have a video that explains the history of the runestone and the stone is front and center along with some more recent science research done on its origin. There is also a nice display of Native American art, clothing and other items.

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Perham, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
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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Grey Eagle, Minnesota
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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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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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