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Runestone Museum

206 Broadway Street, Alexandria, MN 56308-1417
+1 320-763-3160
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Quite interesting and worth a stop

If you are staying or passing through, this is worth a stop. The background of the Kenningston rune... read more

Reviewed November 15, 2016
Kennewick, Washington

We enjoyed the museum, but found the temperature on the chilly side. Perhaps because there are... read more

Reviewed November 15, 2016
Audrey S
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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 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.
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206 Broadway Street, Alexandria, MN 56308-1417
+1 320-763-3160
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Reviewed November 15, 2016

If you are staying or passing through, this is worth a stop. The background of the Kenningston rune stone is pretty interesting. They also have some nice Objiwe and pioneer artifacts. There is a nominal charge.

Thank OutdoorBoomer
Reviewed November 15, 2016

We enjoyed the museum, but found the temperature on the chilly side. Perhaps because there are fewer visitors this time of year the temperature on the thermostat was lowered. We are seniors and would have appreciated a few places to sit down. As we were...More

Thank Audrey S
Reviewed October 26, 2016

It was cold in Alexandria, so we decided to look into the Runestone Museum. The centerpiece is the Runestone that was found in the roots of a tree. The stone has etched/carved into it ancient letters that tell of a trip into the area by...More

1  Thank rubyredvette
Reviewed October 17, 2016

Better than average local museum featuring the famous viking runestone. This artifact is the actual thing , not a replica.

Thank stephen b
Reviewed October 16, 2016 via mobile

I liked the museum. I found it educational. I just wish there was more. Nice little gem is out back there are old buildings with antique items in them. This was a small educational museum that could have cost less per person. Luckily, we had...More

Thank meegatravels
Reviewed October 11, 2016

I had heard about the Rhinestone for years reading accounts both pro and con. There is a short film about the discovery and subsequent controversy. The stone itself is prominently displayed. There are a number of other artifacts in the small museum. The replica Viking...More

Thank USAFret
Reviewed October 6, 2016 via mobile

This nice museums offered pros and cons about the Runestone found nearby over 100 years ago. The displays were informative and well done. But there's more--plenty of info about nearby tribes, about white settlers and about the nature of the area. In back are examples...More

Thank deb W
Reviewed October 5, 2016

So many artifacts to see. Very clean and the flow is great. Lots of signs to read and learn more. The Runestone, Indian artifacts very interesting. Spread out and could find them right away.

Thank Laura G
Reviewed September 13, 2016

Teen years. Compelling exhibits with the right amount of explanations, technology and friendly staff to round out the experience! Found it rated as a ,Gem by AAA ! We agreed!

Thank Mary N
Reviewed September 4, 2016 via mobile

A great day trip visit between fishing excursions! Come see how the early settlers to the Alexandria area lived!

Thank Tom P
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Response from Marge A | Reviewed this property |
That is great information. I am going to print off the explanation and send it to the curator.