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Runestone Museum

Open Now: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Historic buildings

When we got there, the museum was closed. What was open was the courtyard that houses the viking... read more

Reviewed November 25, 2018
garyaverill1
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Very interseting place

If you believe the Runestone is real or a fake it doesn't matter, the museum is a great place to... read more

Reviewed November 5, 2018
StoltNorsk
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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 November 25, 2018

When we got there, the museum was closed. What was open was the courtyard that houses the viking long boat replica (which was pretty impressive) and the historic buildings from the late 1800's to the early 1900's which included a church, the stage coach station,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Runestone-Museum, Manager at Runestone Museum, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2018

Thank you for visiting the Runestone Museum during Christmas in the Fort. We're happy to hear you enjoyed yourself at the event and were able to look around at our historic buildings. Hopefully you'll be able to come back and see the indoor portion of...More

Reviewed November 5, 2018

If you believe the Runestone is real or a fake it doesn't matter, the museum is a great place to visit. I happen to believe the Vikings were everywhere so I really want to believe they did carve this. We didn't get to see any...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 14, 2018

First, some more information on the runestone and the Runestone Museum: the runestone was discovered in 1898 by a farmer, and purported to be proof that Vikings settled in America in 1342. Many contend the stone is real, but many others believe it to be...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Runestone-Museum, Manager at Runestone Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2018

Thank you for your visit Tracy and for such a thoughtful and detailed review! We appreciate you taking the time to write a TripAdvisor review and are very happy you enjoyed your visit. Cheers!

Reviewed October 3, 2018

A favorite place of ours to go to with visiters especially those from Norway, as my husband is from Norway. It's great watching the film on the Alexandria Runestone story. I'm a total believer in that the stone is real! There's so much to see...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Runestone-Museum, Manager at Runestone Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 4, 2018

Thank you so much for your visit and your review! We're glad you enjoyed your time here at the museum and hope to see you again if you come back to the area. Cheers.

Reviewed October 2, 2018

There is much to see and do at Runestone Museum. Whenever the grand kids and I have time together, they choose to spend it at the museum (and getting ice cream after of course!).

Date of experience: June 2018
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Runestone-Museum, Manager at Runestone Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 4, 2018

Thank you for choosing to spend your time with your grandchildren here at the museum. We'll be sure to have new activities for your next visit!

Reviewed September 17, 2018 via mobile

Despite the name,the majority of the museum is about the original peoples, settlers, and wildlife of Minnesota. I highly recommend it for children. Take advantage of the free audio.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Runestone-Museum, Manager at Runestone Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 4, 2018

Thank you for taking time to write a review about your visit here at the museum. We appreciate the positive feedback.

Reviewed September 4, 2018

This museum is tastefully done, with tons of items to see. also if you want to see history from Norway to MN it is very interesting.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Runestone-Museum, Manager at Runestone Museum, responded to this reviewResponded September 6, 2018

Thank you so much for your visit and review, we're glad you enjoyed the Scandinavian Immigrant Exhibit!

Reviewed September 2, 2018

Our visit was such a nice surprise and so enjoyable. The museum had many interesting displays that were well organized and explained. We especially enjoyed the walk through all the buildings outdoors and the children's activities. It would be fine to visit on a rainy...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Runestone-Museum, Manager at Runestone Museum, responded to this reviewResponded September 6, 2018

Thank you for your visit and review Patti! We work hard to create a pleasant visitor experience and are happy to hear you took advantage of our audio tour! We've recently expanded our Children's Discovery Room and have more plans in the works to add...More

Reviewed August 28, 2018

I visited here with my sisters and grandkids. You can take your time while you are here. There are activities for the kids while you look around. The grandkids especially liked the old school house.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Runestone-Museum, Manager at Runestone Museum, responded to this reviewResponded September 6, 2018

It's wonderful to hear you enjoyed your visit with your family. We try to be welcoming and engaging for all age groups and have added new activities in the Children's Discovery Room. Thank you for your review and we hope we'll see you again!

Reviewed August 23, 2018 via mobile

Fantastic Museum, excellent place to take photos either indoors or out and full of information about state of Minnesota.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Runestone-Museum, Manager at Runestone Museum, responded to this reviewResponded September 6, 2018

No-flash photography is encouraged at the Runestone Museum--feel free to tag us, @KRunestone, in posts, we'd love to see your photos! Thank you for your visit and for your review, we appreciate it.

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MissPriss234
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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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