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Vacation-time in Alexandria

The museum is much more than just the Runestone. This is a collection of northwestern Minnesota... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Brad W
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The Kensington Stone & Period artifacts from yesteryear

This is an excellent museum for a town of its size. The drawing card is the Kensington Stone and it... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Bruce W
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Rated a Gem “must-see” point of interest by AAA. This kid-friendly museum has a Scavenger Hunt for the young and young at heart! Our most famous artifact is the Kensington Runestone and its mysterious runic message. Was it carved in 1362? Recent...more
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206 Broadway St, Alexandria, MN 56308-1417
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum is much more than just the Runestone. This is a collection of northwestern Minnesota history covering from Indian settlement, the Viking element, early settlers to the mid 1970s. The artifacts, documents, displays and memorabilia offer a quick overview of what it is like...More

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Runestone-Museum, General Manager at Runestone Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for the review Brad--we're glad you were able to visit Alexandria and the Runestone Museum. Cheers!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is an excellent museum for a town of its size. The drawing card is the Kensington Stone and it is front and center. More on it later... Around the corner is a collection of Ojibway items that is interesting. Further on are various artifacts...More

Thank Bruce W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went this last weekend when history live was going on. It was very interactive and we spent a good 2 hours outside with all the character actors. We really didn’t spend much time inside. The outside was way more interactive for kids.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the Runestone Museum on a rainy weekday morning. For $20 a family of 4 can visit this quaint and eclectic museum. The kids (9 and 13) both enjoyed the scavenger hunt and earned some free gifts for finding all of the item on...More

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Reviewed June 5, 2018 via mobile

The runestone and viking ship copy brought me here but the history made it worthwhile. There is a lot of local and Native American history. Our visit capped off a fun day exploring out-of-the-way places in Minnesota and it was fascinating. I recommend the runestone...More

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Runestone-Museum, General Manager at Runestone Museum, responded to this reviewResponded June 7, 2018

Thank you so much for your visit to the museum and to Alexandria. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit and that you shared your experience on TripAdviser. Maybe we'll see you again some time!

Reviewed April 28, 2018

The funny thing about whether or not the Runestone is real or not (it is probably a fake), is that the other things that are there are definitely worth seeing. The log cabin and schoolroom out back are amazing because they are authentic. The rune...More

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Runestone-Museum, Guest Relations Manager at Runestone Museum, responded to this reviewResponded April 30, 2018

Thank you for your visit and for your review!

Reviewed April 10, 2018

We learned a lot of new interesting facts about the history of the American continent. One of those places which hides a lot of fascinating things behind it's walls.

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Runestone-Museum, Manager at Runestone Museum, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2018

Thank you for your visit and your review! We're glad you enjoyed your time at the museum!

Reviewed April 1, 2018

This unassuming building has far more content and displays than you might imagine. Unfortunately, we arrived after a spring storm had dumped enough snow that we didn't venture into the outdoor exhibits but we would certainly stop again in more accessible weather. The runestone and...More

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Runestone-Museum, Manager at Runestone Museum, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2018

Thank you for your visit and your review--hopefully you will be able to visit again during better weather, as the the outdoor buildings are well worth a look. Be sure to check out the website for events we hold outside in historic Fort Alexandria!

Reviewed March 17, 2018

We dropped by the museum to see the runestone, which was cool. It was still winter season, so the outside was not open for the season, we will be coming back. There are many viking, native American and settler artifacts in the museum. There is...More

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Runestone-Museum, General Manager at Runestone Museum, responded to this reviewResponded March 22, 2018

Thank you so much for your visit--we're glad you enjoyed your time at our museum and look forward to seeing you again in the warmer months! Fort Alexandria, the outdoor portion of the Runestone Museum opens April 1 (weather permitting)!

Reviewed March 12, 2018 via mobile

Was on a layover for work and went here to kill time. I did more then that as the museum does a great job of sharing a pro and con view of the runestone story. In addition it is full of local history artifacts etc....More

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Runestone-Museum, General Manager at Runestone Museum, responded to this reviewResponded March 22, 2018

Thank you for making time to visit during your work layover! We are glad to hear you enjoyed our museum and appreciated our objective presentation of information. Thank you for sharing your experience!

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That is great information. I am going to print off the explanation and send it to the curator.
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