Runestone Museum
See the world famous Kensington Rune Stone and the Viking and Middle Age Nordic Explorer Exhibit! They also offer insightful looks into the history and culture of First Minnesotans, the first European Settlers in the area and Homesteading Minnesota. There is a hands-on Discovery Room where children of all ages can learn through active play, an Ice Age Exhibit with Mammoth and Mastodon teeth and bones featuring an excavation activity, and a Minnesota Wildlife Display complete with sounds of the wild.
In warmer months, you can explore Fort Alexandria--the open air portion of our museum. Created to represent the fort built in 1863 during the Civil War and after the Dakota Uprising, it includes nine buildings built between 1860-1910 that represent what fort life would have been like in Alexandria at that time. In addition, the outdoor agricultural building also contains a replica Viking ship. The Museum Store features Alexandria and Minnesota keepsakes and carries locally made gifts including jewelry and clothing. It boasts an impressive book selection and has unique educational toys. The Museum Store is open year-round and offers Museum Members a 20% discount. Shop online at

206 Broadway St
(320) 763-3160
Runestone Museum

Summer Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: 11am - 4pm

Winter Hours
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 4pm
Sunday: CLOSED