Runestone Museum
Runestone Museum
4.5
Speciality MuseumsNatural History MuseumsHistory 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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Richard R
Bushnell, FL6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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JT564
Mankato, MN110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
The Kensington Runestone and the history surrounding it is a must see. The stone itself, the translation, and the other “Viking” artifacts recovered in the immediate are tell a story that changes all history books. And the story of the poor and persecuted farmer that found it is equally compelling. History isn’t a story, it’s real people and places. And the rest of the museum shows that, with replicas of Fort Alexandria, “Viking” ships and examples of the way of life it took to bring our country to where it is today. All ages will connect with this fascinating collection, and the staff and director couldn’t be more helpful and friendly. Don’t miss this.
Written May 21, 2023
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mw4au
Mobile, AL37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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George D
Cleveland, OH305 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Reedmolly
Apple Valley, MN95 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
A treasure of a museum. Excellent exhibits, many interesting facts about the Vikings. They Rune Stone is there and an explanation about its history, mystery and myths. There are also about 6 buildings to visit that are of the times (1800s). Worth your time.
Written May 21, 2023
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Kara J
Badger, SD14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Kirsty S
Buffalo, MN68 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Couples
And truly I am glad that all we paid for was the gas to get there. The admission fee is quite expensive without this special discount. It's somewhat interesting, but very small town and amateur. If you've been to any professional museum, you'll be disappointed. Good for a grade school field trip to introduce kids to history, but not worth going out of your way to see.
Written September 21, 2019
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Arjan
Saint Paul, MN35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Fambly101
Minneapolis, MN74 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Family
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 the list. This is a bit of a hodgepodge of artifacts and buildings but this made it more interesting to read the different historical facts and to see all of the random bits and pieces on display. As for the Runestone, I say it is real but everyone is free to make their own judgement. A good, “I only need to see it once,” rainy day activity.
Written June 19, 2018
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Jkeena
Saint Cloud, MN109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Family
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 a fun viking ship prop and outfits to wear for photo's and various activities for young at heart.
Written March 17, 2018
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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)!
Written March 22, 2018
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