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Runestone Museum, Alexandria

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Welcome to the Runestone Museum, located in downtown Alexandria, Minnesota. We invite you to stop by and tour historic Fort Alexandria, take your picture with the country’s biggest viking, and see the world famous Kensington Runestone.

For awhile you will live in the past, so walk a little slower, talk a little slower, and enjoy the exhibition on Norse history, the Native American exhibit, the Minnesota wildlife display, the display of early pioneer life, and the hands-on children’s area.

Enter Fort Alexandria and visit several authentic log buildings, an 1880 country school house, and view the forty-foot viking ship, the Snorri. Experience the changing of the seasons in the display of tools and farm equipment used by an earlier generation.

The Runestone Gift Shop features Minnesota and Alexandria souvenirs, viking and runestone information, books, t-shirts, viking helmets and swords, and unique gifts, which many of them are by local artists, authors, and craftsmen.

Admissions

Adults: $8.00

Seniors: $7.00

Student (High school or College): $5.00

Family: $20.00

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  • We thoroughly enjoyed our visit! The exhibits are interactive and there is so much to see and learn about the history of the Rune stone and the Vikings and Minnesota/Canada. We were unable to explore ...  more »
  • When we got there, the museum was closed. What was open was the courtyard that houses the viking long boat replica (which was pretty impressive) and the historic buildings from the late 1800's to the ...  more »
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  • The museum has exhibits from the Native Americans, late 1800's/early 1900's and WW2, besides the Runestone and Viking exhibit. I wish the museum was more focused on the Runestone and its history and the Vikings in the area. I think it's pretty incredible that it is believed the Vikings came all the way here 500 years before Columbus. An entire museum could definitely be dedicated to that history.
  • Great Lil Roadtrip! Great drive on a sunny summer day from Minneapolis to Alexandria. The Runestone Museum was really great. Family admission was $ 20, and everyone of us (mom, dad, & kid) found many captivating items of interest. We really enjoyed the vignettes in the general store/post office, church, town hall/schoolhouse, and other outside buildings. The artifacts displayed were interesting, informative, sweet and nostalgic. A scenic drive, lunch and an historical museum stop is a lovely way for anyone to spend a day. I recommend the Runestone Museum, in the charming city of Alexandria, to everyone.

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