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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.


Adults: $8.00

Seniors: $7.00

Student (High school or College): $5.00

Family: $20.00

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  • If you have been following the Runestone story the place is a must see. They answered every question I had, and is saying something.  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • Fascinating little museum - my wife is 1/2 Cherokee and really enjoyed the section covering Native American dress. And as much as I enjoyed the barn with the Viking boat, I strongly recommend that you raise all the candle brackets on the posts. I'm average height and got clocked by one right above the eye. An extra foot of height would be enough to protect virtually everyone and expose the museum to less liability.
  • The museum is a wealth of knowledge and the museum staff, namely Felicia and Amanda are stellar!! I appreciated their kind and professional approach to sharing what is obviously a passion for both of them. Truly a wonderful experience!!
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