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Runestone Museum

206 Broadway Street, Alexandria, MN 56308-1417
+1 320-763-3160
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The website does not do justice to the small but excellent collection of Native American items... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Christine J
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Wayzata, Minnesota
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Great place to spend some time to check out marine history

What can I say but I loved looking at all the old boats and history that they have here. I will go... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
David R
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Kaukauna, Wisconsin
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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
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The website does not do justice to the small but excellent collection of Native American items. Think the stuff you see on Antiques Roadshow, but some of it is even better.

Thank Christine J
Reviewed 1 week ago

What can I say but I loved looking at all the old boats and history that they have here. I will go back when I can spend more time.

Thank David R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our second visit to the museum, every time we are visiting Minnesota we stop in. There is a fee for the museum but well worth every penny. The museum is full of history of the area and even has a viking boat. Watch...More

Thank outbound1
Reviewed 18 August 2017

This museum is small, but packs so much great information about the area! We were very impressed. The Runestone is fascinating, as is the history of the Vikings exploration of the area. Is it authentic? We say yes! You also get a great view of...More

Thank baba51
Reviewed 17 August 2017

Wow this is a neat place to visit. All kinds of artifacts from yesteryear from early settlers life in Minnesota to the runestone. Makes you wonder who was really first. You also got to visit the surrounding buildings they are a throw back to early...More

Thank Quilabichon
Reviewed 7 August 2017

We arrived around 4:15 pm on a Saturday. Museum closes at 5:00, so we quickly visited the indoor and outdoor exhibits and watched the looping video about the Runestone. Wish we had had a just a little more time to really see everything (1 -...More

Thank scottcaps
Runestone-Museum, General Manager at Runestone Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2017

Thank you so much for your review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit--sorry you felt rushed--there is A LOT to see and discover! We hope to see you back if you visit the area again. Best Regards! The Runestone Museum Foundation

Reviewed 7 August 2017

there was a lot of history about the Runestone and the area. There was building from the time periods showing how life was back then. My husband loved seeing it since he had read a book about the Runestone.More

Thank Laura F
Runestone-Museum, General Manager at Runestone Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2017

Thank you for your review Laura! We're happy to hear you enjoyed your visit to the Runestone Museum. If you are ever in the Alexandria are in June, make sure to visit us for History Live! History Live is a 2 day event held at...More

Reviewed 4 August 2017

Friends had recommended this museum and Alexandria, making it our first stop. We enjoyed the exhibits and the video. The out buildings are well done and add to the experience of exploring another time in history. The stone itself is explained quite well with a...More

Thank Vickie W
Reviewed 4 August 2017

I loved this place. Minnesota has so many odd places and histories and myths-you really should be exploring them all. Also has a stunning collection of Native American artifacts and an almost full size Viking Ship replica. Yep. Kids would probably love this place.

Thank Deborah1021
Runestone-Museum, General Manager at Runestone Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2017

Thank you for your review Deborah--we think Minnesota, and this area specifically, has a lot to offer as well! From the Ice Age to the Vikings to Native Americans and Homesteaders--there is much history to explore and discover! Thank you again! Best Regards!

Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

Reasonable priced, nicely presented. Information on the ruin stone, Native American of the area, life in general of that period. The also includes building of at era and a World War 2 display. I found the viking ship on display is what I enjoyed the...More

Thank northstar83
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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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