Runestone Museum Foundation

Runestone Museum Foundation Regional History Museum with audio tour stops, children's activities, movies, historical buildings and more!

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 Group Rates: Contact Runestone Museum

Look who's here now! Andrea from Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is posing in front of this iconic automobile....
06/25/2019

Look who's here now! Andrea from Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is posing in front of this iconic automobile. Did you know that the inventor of the Oscar Mayer Wiener Mobile also has an invention currently on display at the Legacy of The Lakes Museum!?!

Getting ready for our biggest annual event: History Live June 28 & 29! Enjoy pics from 2018...
06/25/2019

Getting ready for our biggest annual event: History Live June 28 & 29! Enjoy pics from 2018...

About 350 attended the Alexandria Downtown Merchants Association Wine, Ale & Art Crawl this past Friday--what a fantasti...
06/24/2019

About 350 attended the Alexandria Downtown Merchants Association Wine, Ale & Art Crawl this past Friday--what a fantastic event! Be sure to mark your calendars for the next one August 16! Check out the The Johari Tribe and art by Katherine Bockmann & Olivia Hoppe that were here at the museum!

Did I mention the food pairings tonight...YUM! Thank you The Garden Bar on 6th
06/21/2019

Did I mention the food pairings tonight...YUM! Thank you The Garden Bar on 6th

Getting ready for the { Wine, Ale, and Art Crawl } happening - TONIGHT!!!

These Confit Tomatoes, Greek Olives + Mediterranean Feta Cheese are just one of the many pairing samples that will be available!

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22 locations...chef-prepared food pairings...local area artists...a biodegradable event...how can you NOT go to the Alex...
06/21/2019
Wine, Ale and Art Crawl Comes to Downtown Friday

22 locations...chef-prepared food pairings...local area artists...a biodegradable event...how can you NOT go to the Alexandria Downtown Merchants Association Wine Ale & Art Crawl tonight!?! $15 is a STEAL!

(Alexandria, MN) The 2019 Annual Downtown Merchants Association Fundraiser is happening Friday evening in downtown Alexandria. The event will begin in Fort Alexandria, where tickets will be sold beginning about

Be sure to check out the Alexandria Downtown Merchants Association Wine, Ale & Art Crawl THIS Friday from 5p-8p. There w...
06/20/2019
Wine, Ale & Art Crawl

Be sure to check out the Alexandria Downtown Merchants Association Wine, Ale & Art Crawl THIS Friday from 5p-8p. There will be 22 locations identified with balloons on Broadway street. Enjoy beverage tastings with chef-prepared food pairings while browsing local area artist displays/demonstrations at each location! Buy your tickets in advance at Alexandria Downtown Merchants Association or at Fort Alexandria here at the museum the evening of the event!

Experience the joy of Downtown Alexandria at the Wine, Ale & Art Crawl! Start out at Fort Alexandria at the Runestone Museum for ID check and to pick up your wristband, then head downtown and enjoy wine and ale sampling at more than 20 local businesses. Be sure to check out the local artists feature...

Big Ole got to see something new he has never seen before! This lovely couple came in yesterday with a bus house, they a...
06/19/2019

Big Ole got to see something new he has never seen before! This lovely couple came in yesterday with a bus house, they are traveling all over the USA. They got the inspiration from Disney's movie Up! They came all the way from Florida and made Alexandria one of the many stops! Thank you for coming by!

Be sure to check out the Osakis Festival after the Alexandria Downtown Merchants Association Wine, Ale & Art Crawl this ...
06/19/2019
It's Osakis Festival time!

Be sure to check out the Osakis Festival after the Alexandria Downtown Merchants Association Wine, Ale & Art Crawl this Friday!

If you're looking for fun children's activities, games, food, crafts, friendly competition, music, dancing and a big parade, Osakis is the place to be this weekend.The 51st annual Osakis Festival is set for this Friday, June 21 through Sunday, June 23.One of the highlights is the Grand Parade that t...

Our volunteers threw on their superhero capes today! One of our ramp boards unexpectedly broke and Rich swooped in to sa...
06/18/2019

Our volunteers threw on their superhero capes today! One of our ramp boards unexpectedly broke and Rich swooped in to save the day--Geri was here working on our Heritage Garden--Rhonda and Marilyn welcomed visitors and watched the gift shop and Alex trimmed dead branches off one of our trees! Thank you to such wonderful people and to a very busy day.

06/18/2019
'Pure love on the dance floor': Meet 4 Jingle Dress Dancers

Check out this story about Jingle Dress Dancers! Did you know that we have a 1920s Jingle Dress, a contemporary Jingle Dress and a movie about Jingle Dresses here at the museum? Mille Lacs Indian Museum & Trading Post also currently has a fantastic Jingle Dress Exhibit called "Ziibaaska’ iganagooday: The Jingle Dress at 100".

The Jingle Dress is celebrating it's 100th Anniversary this year. Meet four Native women carrying the tradition forward.

Volunteer Rich is working on updating the Big Ole Information Railing--see it at the first ever City of Alexandria Toile...
06/18/2019

Volunteer Rich is working on updating the Big Ole Information Railing--see it at the first ever City of Alexandria Toilet Paper Ribbon Cutting for the NEW restroom building at Big Ole Park on Wednesday at 2pm!

Still working on painting in Fort Alexandria--the school bell, outhouse and church ramp are done and the school is ALMOS...
06/17/2019

Still working on painting in Fort Alexandria--the school bell, outhouse and church ramp are done and the school is ALMOST complete. Next up is the church!

Douglas County Historical Society MN
06/14/2019

Douglas County Historical Society MN

Kensington Runestone Days kick off today, so watch our page for some beautiful old photographs as we appreciate K-Town this weekend!

Be sure to check out Rune Stone Days in Kensington this weekend!
06/13/2019
Entertainment briefs

Be sure to check out Rune Stone Days in Kensington this weekend!

Knute Nelson offers summer concert seriesKnute Nelson is hosting garden concerts Wednesdays through Aug. 28 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Healing Gardens, 420 12th Ave. E., Alexandria.On June 12, Riddle Brothers Band will play, with the June 19 concert performed by Schjei Country Band.

Looking for the best Fathers Day gift? We have it here at the Runestone Museum! From NOW until fathers day on 6/16/19 wh...
06/13/2019

Looking for the best Fathers Day gift? We have it here at the Runestone Museum! From NOW until fathers day on 6/16/19 when you come & purchase a mug your name will go into a drawing for a 1 year Family Membership & four guest passes! So come in today to get your great fathers day gift!

We are so excited that the school is getting painted! It' gonna look great!
06/13/2019

We are so excited that the school is getting painted! It' gonna look great!

We loved having the Compass kids here yesterday, helping us get ready for History Live with beautiful coloring on our si...
06/13/2019

We loved having the Compass kids here yesterday, helping us get ready for History Live with beautiful coloring on our sidewalks! Thank you for putting more joy in our day!

A fresh coat of paint, thanks to Alexis yesterday!
06/12/2019

A fresh coat of paint, thanks to Alexis yesterday!

What a great idea--be sure to check it out!
06/11/2019

What a great idea--be sure to check it out!

We are very excited to announce our new Facebook group, Douglas County MN History Sharing & Discussion! Group is in the comments below.

Inside this group we encourage Douglas County history lovers to share their own photos and memories. We also hope it will be an interactive place to ask and answer questions about our community's history.

This group is managed by the Douglas County Historical Society and information you post in this group may be shared or archived by the Douglas County Historical Society as part of our mission to preserve and share our history.

The poll is over and the numbers are in! Say hello to Ole & Lena!!! We will keep you updated on Ole & Lena whenever we g...
06/07/2019

The poll is over and the numbers are in! Say hello to Ole & Lena!!! We will keep you updated on Ole & Lena whenever we get the chance! Thank you for helping pick out the names!

Sharing today's Douglas County Historical Society MN post:
06/06/2019
'Lest We Forget' documentary on 75th anniversary of D-Day

Sharing today's Douglas County Historical Society MN post:

From the Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress, "Lest We Forget" is a documentary that features the voices of World War II veterans talking about their efforts to protect the world from tyranny.

Be sure to stop by our neighbors, Legacy of The Lakes Museum tomorrow morning for the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of C...
06/06/2019
Wake Up Alexandria!

Be sure to stop by our neighbors, Legacy of The Lakes Museum tomorrow morning for the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Wake Up Alexandria Event!

The Legacy of the Lakes Museum, located at 205 3rd Avenue W, will host the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Wake Up Alexandria event on Friday, June 7 from

Steak Fry tickets are on sale now, to purchase your ticket today call us at the Runestone museum 320-763-3160
06/06/2019

Steak Fry tickets are on sale now, to purchase your ticket today call us at the Runestone museum 320-763-3160

Join Little Big Ole as he travels around the world and send YOUR pictures of Little Big Ole to bigole@rea-alp.com and we...
06/06/2019

Join Little Big Ole as he travels around the world and send YOUR pictures of Little Big Ole to [email protected] and we'll post them on our page!

Where will Little Big Ole go next?
06/06/2019

Where will Little Big Ole go next?

06/03/2019

TAKE THE POLL!
What do we name the ducks that live in the Fort Of Alexandria!

So we need a little help, we have a pair of ducks that live in the Fort and we see them often, so we decided they should...
06/02/2019

So we need a little help, we have a pair of ducks that live in the Fort and we see them often, so we decided they should have names! That's where you come in! COMMENT below what names they should have and we will post a poll later on! Thank you!

Little Big Ole enjoying a ferry ride through Sognefjord
06/01/2019

Little Big Ole enjoying a ferry ride through Sognefjord

Little Big Ole hanging with a relative in Flam, Norway.
05/31/2019

Little Big Ole hanging with a relative in Flam, Norway.

In case you missed it...
05/31/2019
Digging for what's beneath the surface: Film crew, archaeologists...

In case you missed it...

A film crew from Los Angeles was at it once again, filming in Douglas County. This time, they were converging at the Kensington Rune Stone Park.According to producer Nina Lund, they were shooting the second season of the television documentary series, "The Kensington Mystery," which at thi...

Little Big Ole is in the Old Country with Norway Travel Guide in Visit Norway with Nordic Destinations. Here he is in Os...
05/30/2019

Little Big Ole is in the Old Country with Norway Travel Guide in Visit Norway with Nordic Destinations. Here he is in Oslo making new friends from Singapore, Malaysia and the USA! Check back soon for a new Little Big Ole photo album with pictures of his travels!.

We were excited to have Peter Stormare here at the Runestone Museum and in our town of Alexandria! If you don't recogniz...
05/29/2019

We were excited to have Peter Stormare here at the Runestone Museum and in our town of Alexandria! If you don't recognize him he's in some of your favorite movies such as, Constantine 2005, The Lost World Jurassic Park 1997, Bad Boys 2 2003, John Wick 2 2017 and many more just to name a few. A very talented actor and a fun person to talk to, we are happy to talk to him about the rune stone and the whetstone that are both on display. We hope to see the group again soon! We wish you luck on all your traveling and video shooting!

We are excited to announce that we've updated the Runestone Museum Foundation Mission Statement! The Board of Directors ...
05/24/2019

We are excited to announce that we've updated the Runestone Museum Foundation Mission Statement! The Board of Directors worked tirelessly on it for a number of months and it was announced at our annual meeting earlier this May. We are very proud and ecstatic to be moving in the direction our updated Mission Statement reflects.

Another fantastic field trip day! Thanks to the 73 first and second graders visiting from Browerville, MN today.
05/23/2019

Another fantastic field trip day! Thanks to the 73 first and second graders visiting from Browerville, MN today.

We think Little Big Ole will enjoy his Douglas County Historical Society MN adventures!
05/23/2019

We think Little Big Ole will enjoy his Douglas County Historical Society MN adventures!

We have a visitor from the Runestone Museum Foundation! Little Big Ole has gone adventuring!

One of our volunteers, Kris, brought this in today. An original "Tourists' Guide" to the Alexandria Area! Anyone know wh...
05/23/2019

One of our volunteers, Kris, brought this in today. An original "Tourists' Guide" to the Alexandria Area! Anyone know what year this is from? The Douglas County Historical Society MN may know--I'm sure they have a copy. We also put it next to the current Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce 2019 Visitors Guide.

Great day for a museum field trip-- Thank you to the Bertha, MN first graders! Bertha Hewitt
05/22/2019

Great day for a museum field trip-- Thank you to the Bertha, MN first graders! Bertha Hewitt

After a long winter season--we're excited that our neighbors Legacy of The Lakes Museum will be opening for the 2019 sea...
05/22/2019

After a long winter season--we're excited that our neighbors Legacy of The Lakes Museum will be opening for the 2019 season tomorrow, May 22! Be sure to stop in and say hello.

The Blue Star Museum program--through Blue Star Families and National Endowment for the Humanities has officially begun....
05/21/2019

The Blue Star Museum program--through Blue Star Families and National Endowment for the Humanities has officially begun. We are a proud member museum and welcome active duty service men and service women and their families this summer. #milfamily #military #milspouses
Pictured below is Hunter Botz our first Blue Star Museum visitor! Hunter is a Marine, CPL 0623 (tropospheric scatter radio multi channel equipment operator) Stationed in Okinawa Japan. Thank you for your service!

Thank you everyone that made Mai Fest a wonderful event! We would love to thank Alexandria Downtown Merchants Associatio...
05/20/2019

Thank you everyone that made Mai Fest a wonderful event! We would love to thank Alexandria Downtown Merchants Association, Ravnik & Co. and Jacobs Lefse Bakeri who helped make the event possible. Also a big thank you to Andy Grosberg for the horn mugs, Karen Sue Erickson of the flute Escapades, the Scandinavian Gift Shop for teaching the Nordic games, the Douglas County Historical Society MN for helping with Rosemaling and Dalmaling demonstrations and Ivy Rae Readings and more for the Rune readings! Plus many others that helped with the event! We look forward to next year!

Having fun and enjoying great food out in the Fort Of Alexandria!
05/18/2019

Having fun and enjoying great food out in the Fort Of Alexandria!

Happening Now! Look for the purple flags and balloons today for the Mai Fest Celebration--all activities are indoors.
05/18/2019

Happening Now! Look for the purple flags and balloons today for the Mai Fest Celebration--all activities are indoors.

Address

206 Broadway St
Alexandria, MN
56308

Near the Central Lakes Bike Trail

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 11:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(320) 763-3160

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