Runestone Museum Foundation

206 Broadway St., Alexandria, MN 56308 - United States





The World Famous and controversial Kensington Rune Stone is housed at the Runestone Museum in beautiful downtown Alexandria near lakes and trails. With eleven indoor exhibits and a children's Discovery Room, the museum has been inspiring curiosity for over 50 years. Explore the outdoor campus as well, which is a recreation of Fort Alexandria, originally built during the Civil War after the Dakota War. Fort Alexandria boasts nine buildings built between 1860-1910 as well as an agricultural museum and replica Viking ship from the Smithsonian. A scavenger hunt challenges your detective skills and rewards you with a fun prize. Handicapped accessible. Coach bus parking. Group rates. Picnic facilities on site.


Kensington Runestone
Permanent Exhibit
The Runestone and the enduring mystery of its origin continues to be the hallmark of the Runestone Museum. This intriguing artifact was discovered in 1898, clutched in the roots of an aspen tree on the Olof Öhman farm near Kensington, MN (15 miles southwest of Alexandria).

Nordic Middle Age
This display includes one of the only Nordic Middle Age Fire Steels in North America. See a Replica Viking Ship! We also have fantastic information about Ojibwe and Dakota History and Culture and house an extremely rare 1920s Jingle Dress.

The Homesteading and Immigration
This exhibit focuses on Scandinavian Influence in the area, while the Main Street USA Display showcases Alexandria in pictures from the 1870s.

Civil War Era "Fort Alexandria"
This encompasses nine rescued historic buildings.

Children's Discovery Room
This room has a Selfie Dress Up Closet, Viking Board Games, Runic Activities, Scavenger Hunts, coloring and much more! Inspire you curiosity.

1870s Alexandria
Take a walk down Alexandria's first "Main Street"

Western Medicine on the Frontier
Find out what casket lights are and enjoy looking at some of the first western medical equipment to make it to the area.

There will be a Hamm Radio demonstration at the museum on September 2st!


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