Runestone Museum

Runestone Museum, Alexandria: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Runestone Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Runestone Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • Natural History Museums • History Museums
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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 laboratory and linguistic analysis of the stone suggests yes! But even as more supporting evidence of its authenticity is revealed, controversy continues to swirl around this internationally renowned artifact. Visit the museum, see the Runestone and learn its story…then decide for yourself. The Runestone Museum also features pioneer displays, a wildlife exhibit, a World War II living room with 1940’s music playing, a children’s discovery area and special limited time exhibits. The museum’s Native American exhibit garnered national attention when our rare 1920s Ojibwe jingle dress appeared in the American Indian Art magazine. There is now a decorated full sized Tipi in the Native American camp diorama. Fort Alexandria is a delightful collection of restored buildings from 1868 to 1910 that includes a furnished township school, pioneer church, log home, and stage stop. The large Annex has many displays, including a 40 foot replica Viking ship and a huge 1906 steam tractor. The third annual History Live! in Fort Alexandria will be Fri. and Sat. June 23 - 24, 2017. Enjoy live historic reenactments from the Fur Trade, Pioneer, and Civil War eras, kid’s activities and family fun. Check the museum website for dates and admission prices. The museum is open year round.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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mw4au
Mobile, AL37 contributions
A Bit of Viking History
Jun 2021 • Couples
A great visit from the moment we arrived. In spite of the fact that they are short on staff, the lady behind the counter took us into the museum, pointing out the best path to take, not to miss anything. Be sure to watch the video, telling the story of the Kensington Runestone... very informative and includes details not covered in the television show (according to another visitor). At the back of the museum is the entrance to "Fort Alexandria", a collection of pioneer era buildings moved to this site. An unexpected surprise was a replica Viking Merchant Ship. A nice bonus, having visited three Stave Churches and The Hjemkomst Center in Morehead.
Written June 20, 2021
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Derrick S
2 contributions
A journey through time with a real Karen behind the register.
May 2021 • Couples
Very neat place. lots to look at. The Karen behind the counter is a stickler but the museum is pretty cool.
Written May 1, 2021
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Midex9
Saint Paul, MN7 contributions
Great place with a knowable staff.
Mar 2021
If you have been following the Runestone story the place is a must see. They answered every question I had, and is saying something.
Written March 21, 2021
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Thank you so much for your visit--we're happy you enjoyed your time at our museum!
Written April 22, 2021
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George D
Cleveland, OH147 contributions
Worth the trip-Very informative
Sep 2020 • Couples
From the moment we walked in, it was a good visit. COVID-19 statement on the door and everyone following the rules made my wife and I feel safe. You can use your phone for a guide tour. It really helped us understand many of the exhibits. If you do not know that much about the history of Alexandria and the Runestone, this trip is a must. And across the street, a giant Viking. Does it get any better?
Written September 20, 2020
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Kara J
Badger, SD10 contributions
Nice museum
Aug 2020 • Family
Very nice museum about something that I had not heard of. Wish I could have taken more time to stop and read. Kids were not to interested.
There is a short video at the beginning that tells you the history of the stone then you are on your own to look around. The pirate ship was very nice.
Written August 13, 2020
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Richard R
Bushnell, FL6 contributions
Runestone Visit
Aug 2020 • Couples
My wife and I visited them yesterday. It is a very nice museum that shows you history of the area along with the Runestone. Very informative and interesting. Gives you a great insight of early MN and that the Viking people did inhabit the area. Very cool how the stone was actually found. A great help was the ability to use your phone and scan codes as you walk through and actually hear about the displays.
Written August 6, 2020
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Thank you so much for supporting the museum with your visit and your review! We appreciate it and hope to see you again if you're able.
Written August 7, 2020
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nebtraveler
Lincoln, NE69 contributions
Worth a visit
Sep 2019
I’m always game to check out small-town museums, which are often kitschy or quaint, so we stopped at the Runestone Museum while visiting Alexandria. I’m glad we did.

Whether you believe in the Runestone, this museum is rich in Viking and Minnesota history, including Native American artifacts. A short film explains the Runestone’s history and several historic buildings give you a firsthand sense of the life of early European settlers. The displays are extensive and surprisingly well curated for a small museum. Definitely worth a visit.
Written March 12, 2020
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Thank you so much for your visit to the museum and for your review--much appreciated! We hope you'll be able to visit us again.
Written March 13, 2020
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paulJ3717PW
Alexandria, MN6 contributions
Vikings in America 1362
Aug 2019
The Runestone is displayed and memorializes a Viking journey to America in 1362. Traveling through the waterways of northwest Minnesota from the Hudson Bay and through Canada, the Runestone tells the story of the Vikings on an expedition and the tragedy of loosing 10 of their men to an attack. Runes are etched on a two hundred pound stone telling the story. This has been a heavily studied artifact and it is a must see.
Written January 20, 2020
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Thaddeus W
Pella, IA222 contributions
A Place to Learn
Oct 2019
I love small town museums. They are not the Smithsonian, but they fill in a niche of history that often is overlooked. The Runestone Museum is unique. Obviously, it is build around the often talked about Kensington Runestone. There are several displays of Viking life and an eight minute video about Vikings coming to North America. In addition, there are lots of Naive American artifacts plus late 1800 and early 1900 American odds and ends. Outside there are buildings preserved from 1800 settlers. Lots of "native" animal displays. Bring a cell phone and listen to the animal sounds.
Written October 25, 2019
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Arjan
Saint Paul, MN37 contributions
A very interesting twist on history
Oct 2019
Triggered by a feature on National Geographic Channel we visited Alexandria to check out the Runestone Museum. What an interesting experience and well done!
Written October 21, 2019
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