Runestone Museum Foundation

Runestone Museum Foundation A museum that has the Runestone and much 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

04/26/2019

What a wonderful event yesterday! If you happened to miss it, many of the artists will be participating in Mai Fest, Saturday, May 18 (11a-1p in Fort Alexandri & 1p-5p at Alexandria Downtown Merchants Association). Enjoy the slide show!

What a wonderful event! Thank you to Pioneer Public Television Alexandria Downtown Merchants Association Andria Theatre ...
04/26/2019
First Nordic Folk Art Festival in the books

What a wonderful event! Thank you to Pioneer Public Television Alexandria Downtown Merchants Association Andria Theatre Explore Alexandria MN Live Wide Open Lake Region Arts Council Nordic Roots Baking Co. @milanvillageartsschool Jacobs Lefse Bakeri and Scandinavian Gift Shop

A Nordic Arts Film and street festival drew people to Alexandria Thursday for Scandinavian treats, artist demonstrations in downtown stores and folk music.Another highlight was a showing at the Andria Theater of a handful of new documentaries from Pioneer Public Television, which sponsored the first...

Looks like the 2019 Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums Conference is going well. Wish I could have made it to R...
04/23/2019

Looks like the 2019 Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums Conference is going well. Wish I could have made it to Red Wing this year! I'll be looking forward to catching up with Douglas County Historical Society MN and Legacy of The Lakes Museum to see how it went.

Next up is Red Wing City Government’s Jay Owens and Bolton & Menk, Inc.’s Cory Bienfang talking about Renewing Old West Main Street in Red Wing. #malhm2019 #mnhistoryalliance #redwingmn #westendredwing

The Daughters of Mary Press from White Bear Lake enjoying the beautiful weather in our picnic area today!
04/23/2019

The Daughters of Mary Press from White Bear Lake enjoying the beautiful weather in our picnic area today!

Read an Echo Press article about the Nordic Folk Art Festival happening this Thursday! This FREE event will be happening...
04/22/2019
Echo Press

Read an Echo Press article about the Nordic Folk Art Festival happening this Thursday! This FREE event will be happening all over Explore Alexandria MN Alexandria Downtown Merchants Association--look for the balloons! The movies begin at the Andria Theatre at 5:30pm and an artist Q&A will be afterwards at The Garden Bar on 6th.

Folk Art Festival takes shape https://trib.al/Sqjdefm

Lil' Ole continues on his southwest adventure!
04/21/2019

Lil' Ole continues on his southwest adventure!

We will be closed April 21 in observance of Easter Sunday.
04/19/2019

We will be closed April 21 in observance of Easter Sunday.

Treats are going fast! Be sure to stop by the museum today for all you Easter baking.
04/19/2019

Treats are going fast! Be sure to stop by the museum today for all you Easter baking.

Treats for our Good Friday Bake Sale are beginning to arrive!!!
04/17/2019

Treats for our Good Friday Bake Sale are beginning to arrive!!!

Sadly, although the buggy found a new home, it was never picked up. The museum has retaken possession of this wonderful ...
04/17/2019

Sadly, although the buggy found a new home, it was never picked up. The museum has retaken possession of this wonderful treasure and it will once again be up for sale. Please contact the museum for viewings as we are storing it indoors. 320-763-3160 OR [email protected]

Dennis and Tara Bitzan are generously selling their antique horse drawn carriage for the benefit of the Runestone Museum Foundation. The Bitzans have a passion for history, heritage and all things local. Once belonging to a local doctor in the Urbank area, the carriage is available to view on Broadway Street just inside the Fort Alexandria gates.

Proceeds from the sale will be given to the museum’s general operating fund for future programs. For a closer inspection of the carriage or to make an offer, please contact [email protected] or call (320)763-3160. The new owner of the buggy will be announced Friday, October 12.

A new cush for your tush! Thank you to our board member and volunteer, Rich for making two BEAUTIFUL benches for the mus...
04/14/2019

A new cush for your tush! Thank you to our board member and volunteer, Rich for making two BEAUTIFUL benches for the museum lobby area. Absolutely stunning (check out the helmet detailing on the sides)!

While we're dealing with more snow, Little Ole has been soaking up the warm weather in the southwest this week! Where ha...
04/13/2019

While we're dealing with more snow, Little Ole has been soaking up the warm weather in the southwest this week! Where has YOUR Little Ole been traveling to?

In case you missed this in Wednesday's Echo Press about the Science Channel television show...
04/12/2019
America's Lost Vikings Found?

In case you missed this in Wednesday's Echo Press about the Science Channel television show...

Some of you were able to watch the recent six-part TV series, "America's Lost Vikings," on the Science Channel. Blue Nelson and Mike Arbuthnot, archaeologists and television personalities, used science and adventure to investigate how much of North America Nordic explorers may have travers...

Remember to support our friends Douglas County Historical Society MN tomorrow at Copper Trail Brewing Company for Purpos...
04/09/2019

Remember to support our friends Douglas County Historical Society MN tomorrow at Copper Trail Brewing Company for Purposeful Pints Night!

April 7th is National Beer Day - a great time to remind you all that our Purposeful Pints fundraiser at Copper Trail Brewery will be happening THIS WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10! Please enjoy this photo from the Corner Bar in Alexandria until then! (The bar was located where Cherry Street Books is today, in downtown Alexandria, MN)

You can see the information board to the left is packed with history, but difficult to read. We'd like to add large, int...
04/05/2019
Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down

You can see the information board to the left is packed with history, but difficult to read. We'd like to add large, interpretative panels that clearly tell the story of the building, add audio/visual elements as well as introduce hands-on activities to the space. Original Stage Coach Stops are very hard to find still intact in the US, so thanks to a generous donation, we are very fortunate to preserve and showcase the 1868 Miltona Stage Coach Stop here in Fort Alexandria!

Runestone Museum and its fort

We will be hosting a Good Friday Bake Sale at the museum to help pay for building repairs. Be sure to stop by and pick u...
04/03/2019
Echo Press

We will be hosting a Good Friday Bake Sale at the museum to help pay for building repairs. Be sure to stop by and pick up some treats!🧁🧁🧁

Historical buildings damaged at Runestone Museum https://trib.al/xwfSnA7

04/03/2019
Science Channel

In case you missed it, the Science Channel recently aired a 6 part documentary about Nordic explorers in North America. The Kensington Rune Stone and Explore Alexandria MN and Explore Minnesota Tourism are featured in the fourth episode. Watch parts 1 and 3 for free at https://www.sciencechannel.com/tv-shows/americas-lost-vikings/

Vikings landed on the coast of North America 500 years before Christopher Columbus. Now, it's time to find out how far they went. ⚔️

Just 1 week away from the new Science Channel series AMERICA’S LOST VIKINGS, premiering Sunday, Feb 10 at 10p ET.

The Runestone Museum is one of the organizations featured in this week's Chamber Challenge quiz--be sure to submit your ...
03/20/2019
Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce

The Runestone Museum is one of the organizations featured in this week's Chamber Challenge quiz--be sure to submit your answers for a chance to win!

Take the quiz and get to know the Chamber business members! After 24 hours this quiz will close and a winner will be drawn from everyone who got 100% PLUS 'Liked' our page. This week's prize will be a $20 gift card to the Runestone Museum sponsored by the Runestone Museum Foundation.

**Please contact Lauren at [email protected] if your are a Chamber Member interested in sponsoring a quiz.

Thank you to all who participated in Purposeful Pints tonight! We had so much fun chatting with the community about our ...
03/14/2019

Thank you to all who participated in Purposeful Pints tonight! We had so much fun chatting with the community about our museum while enjoying Copper Trail's locally made craft beer. $1 from every beer sold tonight will be donated to our museum. Please visit Copper Trail Brewing Company 's website to see all Purposeful Pints events!

They're here!! Introducing our newest gift shop item: custom Rum Ration cups!A daily Rum Ration was provided to armed se...
03/12/2019

They're here!! Introducing our newest gift shop item: custom Rum Ration cups!

A daily Rum Ration was provided to armed service members as a way to keep them contented during long voyages and as appreciation for their service. The final Rum Ration was given on July 31st, 1970, known as "Black Tot Day".

Stop by Copper Trail Wednesday to claim yours at a special Purposeful Pints night price! Purposeful Pints | Runestone Museum Foundation

In honor of International Women's Day and to get you excited about Alexandria's April Nordic Folk Art Festival, here's a...
03/08/2019
The Spellbinding Swedish Song That Calls Cows Home

In honor of International Women's Day and to get you excited about Alexandria's April Nordic Folk Art Festival, here's a fascinating story about the beautiful Swedish art of "kulning" #internationalwomensday2019

For centuries, herdswomen have lured cows with haunting melodies.

Copper Trail Brewing Company
03/04/2019

Copper Trail Brewing Company

Calling all Midwest Vikings!!! The Science Channel "America's Lost Vikings" is featuring the Kensington Runestone tonight at 9pm! Let us know if you spot them having a pint at Copper Trail! #CopperTrailBrewing #EnjoytheJourney #midwestvikings

02/28/2019
Science Channel

Be sure to watch this Sunday!

Ever seen a Midwestern Viking? 👀 America's Lost Vikings is all-new Sunday at 10p on Science Channel and on SCIgo.

Calling all Scandinavian Folk Artists and Performers! If you are able and interested in demonstrating or selling your sp...
02/28/2019

Calling all Scandinavian Folk Artists and Performers! If you are able and interested in demonstrating or selling your specials craft items at an April 25 event or May 18 event, please reach out to us, Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, Douglas County Historical Society MN, or Scandinavian Gift Shop!

Watch the 3rd episode of 'America's Lost Vikings' for free here.The Kensington Rune Stone will be discussed this Sunday,...
02/26/2019
War in the New World | America's Lost Vikings

Watch the 3rd episode of 'America's Lost Vikings' for free here.

The Kensington Rune Stone will be discussed this Sunday, March 3rd at 9 pm CST on the Science Channel.

New evidence reveals that Vikings and Native Americans might have fought a thousand years ago, and using cutting-edge tech, experts put their weaponry and tactics to the test to find out who might have won.

It was great to have you here--thank you for the visit and the mention! Explore Alexandria MN is a great community with ...
02/22/2019

It was great to have you here--thank you for the visit and the mention! Explore Alexandria MN is a great community with treasures like Douglas County Historical Society MN and Legacy of The Lakes Museum ❤️ Looking forward to the April Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums Conference in Red Wing--another fantastic community. #onlyinmn

Forgot to post about our stops in Alexandria last week! Amazing community with great museums. Checked out the Runestone Museum Foundation and Douglas County Historical Society. If you go to Alexandria, make time to see both museums along with the Legacy of The Lakes Museum!

ONLY 2 WEEKS TO GO to see us featured on the Science Channel in "America's Lost Vikings" Sunday, March 3 at 9 p.m. CST! ...
02/21/2019
Viking women: at home and at war

ONLY 2 WEEKS TO GO to see us featured on the Science Channel in "America's Lost Vikings" Sunday, March 3 at 9 p.m. CST! Here's a great story about the life of Viking Age Women to tide you over...

From matriarchs and artisans to traders and travellers, Judith Jesch explores the often rich and adventurous lives of women in the Viking age

While we're in a winter storm warning here in Alexandria, one of our Big Ole Plushies is enjoying the beach in the Domin...
02/20/2019

While we're in a winter storm warning here in Alexandria, one of our Big Ole Plushies is enjoying the beach in the Dominican Republic!

Who else wishes they were soaking up the sun?!

One of the pictures in our upcoming exhibit of Alexandria in the late 1800s! A big thank you to Douglas County Historica...
02/16/2019

One of the pictures in our upcoming exhibit of Alexandria in the late 1800s! A big thank you to Douglas County Historical Society MN for helping us finally track down this amazing picture! We have some possible names of people in the photograph, but please reach out if you have any information! The picture was taken in downtown Alexandria in either 1876 or 1877.

02/15/2019

Which plush do you think looks more like Big Ole?!

Vote for your favorite below!

Remember, our newest plush - model #2 - is on sale now for a limited time. Stop in or shop online to claim yours!

Check out the first episode! The Minnesota lakes area, including the Runestone Museum and Kensington Rune Stone Park, wi...
02/11/2019
Beating Columbus | America's Lost Vikings

Check out the first episode! The Minnesota lakes area, including the Runestone Museum and Kensington Rune Stone Park, will be featured in the fourth episode on March 3. Explore Alexandria MN Explore Minnesota Tourism

Expert archaeologists investigate the first confirmed Viking settlement in America, and using cutting-edge technology, they're making new discoveries that will change everything we know about American history.

Don't miss the premiere of 'America's Lost Vikings' tonight at 9 pm CST/10 pm EST on the Science Channel! The Kensington...
02/11/2019

Don't miss the premiere of 'America's Lost Vikings' tonight at 9 pm CST/10 pm EST on the Science Channel! The Kensington Rune Stone will be featured in episode 4 on March 3rd of this six part series.

An additional fun activity: viewers can visit @ScienceChannel on Instagram to find out their Viking name!

‘America’s Lost Vikings’ will air weekly for six weeks: Starting this Sunday the 10th of February, on The Science ...
02/08/2019
Exclusive clip: Science Channel’s “America’s Lost Vikings”

‘America’s Lost Vikings’ will air weekly for six weeks: Starting this Sunday the 10th of February, on The Science Channel, 10 pm EST/9 CST in the United States.
The Kensington Rune Stone will be featured in episode 4 on March 3rd!

The mystery of what happened to the Vikings who landed in North America is the subject of Science Channel’s upcoming series America’s Lost Vikings. Produced by Arrow Media, the six-part series ...

Another bitter but beautiful morning today! The museum is open 10a-4p. Be a Viking and Expand Your World. We have plenty...
02/08/2019

Another bitter but beautiful morning today! The museum is open 10a-4p. Be a Viking and Expand Your World. We have plenty of educational activities and adventures to keep you and yours entertained.

02/07/2019

The Runestone Museum will be closing at noon today, February 7th, due to weather. We will resume regular business hours on Friday. Stay safe!

Did you know that it's National Sami Day today? Learn more about why it's celebrated below and sign up for our April 25 ...
02/06/2019
The Local

Did you know that it's National Sami Day today? Learn more about why it's celebrated below and sign up for our April 25 Sami bracelet-making class at Alexandria Community Education. The class will be at the museum and taught by Potomac Bead Company - Alexandria MN

Today is Sami National Day, celebrated across Sweden, Norway, Finland and Russia.

02/04/2019
Science Channel

The Kensington Rune Stone will be discussed in this six part series that begins NEXT WEEK--be sure to mark your calendars and set your DVRs!

Vikings landed on the coast of North America 500 years before Christopher Columbus. Now, it's time to find out how far they went. ⚔️

Just 1 week away from the new Science Channel series AMERICA’S LOST VIKINGS, premiering Sunday, Feb 10 at 10p ET.

VALENTINES GIVE AWAY! Valued at $851. LIKE this post & our page2. TAG 2 friends in the comments 3. SHARE this postWe wil...
02/01/2019

VALENTINES GIVE AWAY! Valued at $85

1. LIKE this post & our page
2. TAG 2 friends in the comments
3. SHARE this post

We will draw a winner on Thursday, February 14th

Remember to support our Douglas County Historical Society MN friends at Broadway Ballroom Event Center tomorrow!
02/01/2019

Remember to support our Douglas County Historical Society MN friends at Broadway Ballroom Event Center tomorrow!

Saturday, Feb. 2nd, is going to be downright balmy! Get out of that cabin fever funk, put on your snazziest boots and come to Broadway Ballroom for the DCHS Hotdish Bake-Off and Silent Auction fundraiser from 11-1. Adults $5 and kids $3. Yum, comfort food! Photo from Alexandria, MN, 1922.

You know you're in MN when this is INSIDE the museum door #OnlyinMN
02/01/2019

You know you're in MN when this is INSIDE the museum door #OnlyinMN

01/30/2019

Due to the extreme weather, the Runestone Museum will be closed tomorrow, Jan 30th. We will open again on Thursday, Jan 31st at 10 a.m. Stay warm! 🌨❄☃️

Address

206 Broadway St
Alexandria, MN
56308

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(320) 763-3160

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