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Runestone Museum, Alexandria

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  • Nice place to spend an hour. Bigger inside than you expect and the outdoor buildings are nice. We watched the movie st the beginning, recommend this to get the background. They offer a AAA discount.  more »
  • "Enigma" is wrong word. "Fact" is the better word. On 2014 visit uncontroversial. Any calligrapher could concur. Best Norse museum outside of Oslo. Probable 16-19th century Spontoon was unlabeled. Sho...  more »
  • Presents a pretty good case for the history of early Viking exploration here. Be sure to watch the 8 min movie. Main attraction is of course the stone itself. Other artifacts also support early Viking...  more »
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  • Well laid out and informative. Had much more than the Runestone and Nordic artifacts. Had many nice Native American artifacts, as well, and more. A good value.
  • There is a lot of information packed into this great little place! We were pleasantly surprised by the hands on kids area near the back - my 9-year-olds had a blast with that and the scavenger hunt. I liked the ability to self-pace and selectively learn more info on different displays by using my smart phone. The outside area looks really fun - we will definitely come back in warmer months when that section is open.
  • It has a lot more than just the Runestone itself. They have a small amount of Viking displays with additional sections of info on settlers, American Indians, local wildlife, and some WW2 era stuff. Out back they have a big building with a 3/4 sized Viking Longboat and a ton of old machinery from the 1900s. There are also a few old buildings including a school house and a settler log cabin.
  • Interesting facts, includes information on Native American, Viking and Pioneer history. If you go in the summer there are buildings you can walk through, including an old church, one room schoolhouse, pioneer general store, stage coach depot and also a replica Viking ship.
  • A small museum but packed with historic memorabilia. Highlight is the original Runestone. Start your tour with a short movie, enjoy early settler and Indian history and relics then tour the park area having preserved church, schoolhouse and other buildings.