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Runestone Museum

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Address: 206 Broadway, Alexandria, MN 56308
Phone Number: 3207633160
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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The museum is packed with history about the Kensington Runestone which was found nearby. The story of how it basically ruined the finder's family was interesting too. The curator... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The museum is packed with history about the Kensington Runestone which was found nearby. The story of how it basically ruined the finder's family was interesting too. The curator was very helpful. Being able to take pics was nice and to stand next to the stone itself was remarkable!

Thank 71dianay
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

The Runestone Museum of Alexandria is a great stop on your visit through the Lakes Area Region. You'll walk through the past of our local region, including a natural history exhibit that your kids will find fascinating.

1 Thank Kara M
Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

This is actually a very interesting museum in addition to housing the Kensington Runestone. We weren't expecting much but ended up pleasantly surprised. We ended up learning quite a bit about Minnesota history here. If you are in the area and even remotely interested in boats, checkout the Minnesota Lakes Maritme Museum around the corner from here.

1 Thank Troy C
New Boston, Michigan, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

Are you interested in Pre-Colombian artifacts? Do you know about the Kensington Rune Stone? If yes on the first, you have to stop here. If no on the second, read about it before you get there. We know the Norse were here long before Colombus, but if you had any doubt, watch all the clips. The date is verified in... More 

1 Thank Matthew C
Alexandria, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

We made a special trip to Alexandria to visit the Kensington Runestone museum. There is a nine minute video that replays continually that we found very interesting. There is information about the family that discovered the Runestone including some pictures and also information in general about the Vikings that presumably made the Runestone. We also enjoyed the replica of the... More 

1 Thank terri0322
Fayetteville, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

The Kensington Runestone, which is the signature piece for this museum, is worth a look/see. Make sure you watch the video, which explains the reason it is such a big deal and then you conclude why the Minnesota Vikings football team is not called the Minnesota Columbuses. Aside from dispalys related to Viking life, there are exhibits related to Native... More 

Thank 2Runks
Lowry, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

This is one of the best "small town" museums ever. So many different things to see and learn. The mystery of the Kensington Runestone is so intriguing it will make you want to learn even more. So neat to see rural Minnesota history. Great place for all ages.

Thank Kristin S
Lester Prairie, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

We stopped in Alexandria because it was our 1/2 way point on the way to Fargo. We watched the video on the history of the Kensington runestone, saw the runestone, did the scavenger hunt with the kids through the museum and ended up spending a lot of time playing in the children's section with the Viking game, making rune shapes... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016 via mobile

This museum was so interesting who knew the Vikings got here so much earlier then we thought. We spent hours going through every building. This place is packed with antiques and the staff is well informed. Very educational. It didn't take very long to drive from Oak Park where we were camping just outside Alexandria. Very nice rv park. Owners... More 

Thank Elfy F
North Oaks, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

the Kensington Runstone museum is well worth visiting. the stone is fascinating and there are several well made video presentations and living displays. this place is a must-see for anyone visiting the area.

Thank BSterlingV

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