Runestone Museum Foundation

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

Happy New Year! The museum is closed today to ring in the new year.
01/01/2020

Happy New Year! The museum is closed today to ring in the new year.

The Runestone Museum will be closing early today!Thank you for a wonderful year, and here is to a wonderful new year!
12/31/2019

The Runestone Museum will be closing early today!
Thank you for a wonderful year, and here is to a wonderful new year!

We will NOT be having our regular Stage Coach Stop Committee meeting this afternoon--enjoy your holiday!
12/31/2019

We will NOT be having our regular Stage Coach Stop Committee meeting this afternoon--enjoy your holiday!

Greetings--we hope you had a Merry Christmas! We are reaching out in preparation for Christmas in the Fort next year for...
12/27/2019

Greetings--we hope you had a Merry Christmas! We are reaching out in preparation for Christmas in the Fort next year for working Christmas Light donations. We will be retiring many strings that no longer work and would like next year to even brighter than it was this year. Drop them off at the museum Monday-Saturday 10a-4p. Cheers!

Merry Christmas! The museum will be closed today in observance of the holiday.
12/25/2019

Merry Christmas! The museum will be closed today in observance of the holiday.

The Runestone Museum will be closing today Christmas Eve at NOON, so we can be with family. Thank you so much, and we ho...
12/24/2019

The Runestone Museum will be closing today Christmas Eve at NOON, so we can be with family. Thank you so much, and we hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!

Thank you for a wonderful Bake Sale today! In honor of Ugly Sweater Day, some the local GLAM community stopped by for a ...
12/21/2019

Thank you for a wonderful Bake Sale today! In honor of Ugly Sweater Day, some the local GLAM community stopped by for a quick pic. From left to right: Brittany from Douglas County Historical Society MN, Felicia, Laci from Legacy of The Lakes Museum and Amanda. GLAM=Galleries, Libraries, Archives & Museums.

Baked goods are going fast! Remember that ALL shoppers receive our member discount today in our gift shop (20% off). Mus...
12/20/2019

Baked goods are going fast! Remember that ALL shoppers receive our member discount today in our gift shop (20% off). Museum members receive 30% off. We're open until 5pm and take cash, check or charge.

Bake Sale happening now at the Runestone Museum until supplies last! We accept cash, check or charge!
12/20/2019

Bake Sale happening now at the Runestone Museum until supplies last! We accept cash, check or charge!

Come check out the traveling League of Women Voters Minnesota exhibit--here until December 27. We added to the amazing e...
12/19/2019

Come check out the traveling League of Women Voters Minnesota exhibit--here until December 27. We added to the amazing exhibit this week! When you're here for the bake sale Friday, be sure to swing through.

New Viking World Tour T-shirts! The brand new shirts, designed by the museum, are available for $17.50 until Saturday, D...
12/17/2019

New Viking World Tour T-shirts!

The brand new shirts, designed by the museum, are available for $17.50 until Saturday, December 21, at which time they will go up to regular price ($25).
Buy yours now by calling 320-763-3160 and pick up during the Bake Sale Friday. Sizes: Adult Small--3XL

ALP Utilities and the City of Alexandria are putting up more decorations along North Broadway today--looking good!
12/16/2019

ALP Utilities and the City of Alexandria are putting up more decorations along North Broadway today--looking good!

Thank you to League of Women Voters Minnesota for the wonderful exhibit, which will be in Alexandria until Friday, Decem...
12/13/2019
Museum celebrates 100 years of women voting | Echo Press

Thank you to League of Women Voters Minnesota for the wonderful exhibit, which will be in Alexandria until Friday, December 27. The Douglas County Historical Society MN also assisted and look for the Alexandria Technical and Community College Senior College program this winter that will cover gender and elections.

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Our Annual Bake sale next Friday, December 20, will begin at 9am. We'll have lefse (including fresh samples), knekkebrod...
12/13/2019

Our Annual Bake sale next Friday, December 20, will begin at 9am. We'll have lefse (including fresh samples), knekkebrod, rosettes, pies, breads, confections and more! There will be additional gift shop promotions! Proceeds will be used for museum educational programs.

Today is the Grand Opening of our newest and temporary exhibit "The 19th Amendment" courtesy of League of Women Voters M...
12/06/2019

Today is the Grand Opening of our newest and temporary exhibit "The 19th Amendment" courtesy of League of Women Voters Minnesota. It will be on display until December 27 and then makes its way around the state in celebration of the ratification of the 19th Amendment giving white women the right to vote.

Introducing a NEW 19th Amendment traveling exhibit brought to us by the nonpartisan League of Women Voters of Minnesota....
12/04/2019

Introducing a NEW 19th Amendment traveling exhibit brought to us by the nonpartisan League of Women Voters of Minnesota. The exhibit will be on display Friday, December 6th - December 27th and commemorates the ratification of the 19th Amendment. The 19th Amendment--meant to give ALL women the right to vote--was not enforced in many states and women of color, especially Native Americans and Asian Americans (who lacked citizenship) did not make gains until 1965, 1970, 1975 & 1982 with the Voting Rights Act legislation. Come in and learn more about voting rights in Minnesota!

Suffrage display coming to Runestone Museum | Echo Press
12/04/2019
Suffrage display coming to Runestone Museum | Echo Press

Suffrage display coming to Runestone Museum | Echo Press

A hundred years ago, American women won the right to vote after decades of effort. To mark that victory, a traveling exhibit on the 19th Amendment will stop at the Runestone Museum from Friday, Dec. 6 until Friday, Dec. 27.

Little Big Ole will be the only Big Ole dressed up for the holidays this year! See him on the Alexandria Lakes Area Cham...
12/04/2019

Little Big Ole will be the only Big Ole dressed up for the holidays this year! See him on the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Tree in the lobby of our building on the Chamber side

2019 Christmas in the Fort, Light Up Alexandria & Parade of Trees
12/03/2019

2019 Christmas in the Fort, Light Up Alexandria & Parade of Trees

12/02/2019
Holiday goats

Goats from Erickson's Petting Zoo of Osakis enjoying Christmas in the Fort

Be sure to drop off your gingerbread creation at Douglas County Historical Society MN by Wednesday! Here's our entry...
12/02/2019

Be sure to drop off your gingerbread creation at Douglas County Historical Society MN by Wednesday! Here's our entry...

Another beautiful gingerbread was dropped off by the Runestone Museum Foundation this morning! Look at the cozy Gingerbread Rune-Home with its own mini Runestone (which are available at the Runestone Museum!)

Remember you can drop off your own candy covered creations until December 4th!

Douglas County 4-H 4-H has been busy putting together a new exhibit in our agricultural building--you'll be able to view...
11/29/2019

Douglas County 4-H 4-H has been busy putting together a new exhibit in our agricultural building--you'll be able to view it today for the first time between 3p-6p at Christmas in the Fort.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving! The museum will be closed today to celebrate with family and friends.
11/28/2019

Have a Happy Thanksgiving! The museum will be closed today to celebrate with family and friends.

New findings...
11/25/2019
Double Viking Boat Burial Discovered in Norway - Archaeology Magazine

New findings...

TRONDHEIM, NORWAY—The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) announced the discovery of a single grave in central Norway containing the poorly preserved remains of two people who had been interred on separate occasions. The original burial dates to the eighth century A.D. and consis...

Runestone Museum Foundation's cover photo
11/18/2019

Runestone Museum Foundation's cover photo

11/15/2019
Beanboozled for GiveMN

Felicia and Amanda play beanboozled for donations! GiveMN Day--donate at www.givemn.org, on our page, on our website or in person at 206 Broadway St! #givemn

Visiting the @lakesareahumanesociety today for GiveMN! Look for the video postings.
11/14/2019

Visiting the @lakesareahumanesociety today for GiveMN! Look for the video postings.

Felicia immediately after the food challenge!
11/14/2019

Felicia immediately after the food challenge!

11/14/2019
GiveMN Donation Day

Felicia taking one for the team! Donate at www.givemn.org and select the Runestone Museum Foundation or give on our page, website or in person down at 206 Broadway St!

11/14/2019

Our first donation has come in--thank you Ron! Watch as we eat SPAM together to celebrate. #GiveMN

11/14/2019

Big Ole and GiveMN. Did you know that Runestone Museum Foundation maintains and cares for our beloved Big Ole? Donate at www.givemn.org, on our page, on our website or in person at 206 Broadway St.

11/14/2019
Douglas County Historical Society MN

Be sure to watch our page and @dchsmn for some crossover videos today during Give to the Max Day! www.givemn.org

https://www.givemn.org/story/51vu0g (DONATE HERE or in person at 1219 Nokomis)
This Give to the Max Day, DCHS is working hard to raise money so we can keep preserving and sharing pieces of our local history, like the Knute Nelson House. Watch this video to learn more about the miraculous survival of our stained glass and the history of the Knute Nelson house.

Tomorrow is GIVE TO THE MAX DAY! Join us for a day of learning and fundraising!
11/13/2019

Tomorrow is GIVE TO THE MAX DAY! Join us for a day of learning and fundraising!

It's officially GiveMN season and you're able to donate to the museum through giveMN.org! Give to the Max Day is November 14 this year--join us for a live Facebook broadcast. Donations are used for community events, educational programs and new exhibits.

Celebrating Veteran's Day today with free admission for all service veterans.
11/11/2019

Celebrating Veteran's Day today with free admission for all service veterans.

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Today, we pay tribute to all veterans who served our country during war or peacetime. #VeteransDay #History

The image below is of Lorenzo C. Rangel, a Mexican-American war veteran who was featured in a photo exhibit by Xavier Tavera, previously on view at the Minnesota History Center in 2017.

Ice at the Mosquito Habitat Reserve near Lake Agnes means we are officially switched over to winter hours. Monday-Saturd...
11/03/2019

Ice at the Mosquito Habitat Reserve near Lake Agnes means we are officially switched over to winter hours. Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm. Preparing for snow.

It's officially GiveMN season and you're able to donate to the museum through giveMN.org! Give to the Max Day is Novembe...
11/02/2019

It's officially GiveMN season and you're able to donate to the museum through giveMN.org! Give to the Max Day is November 14 this year--join us for a live Facebook broadcast. Donations are used for community events, educational programs and new exhibits.

Address

206 Broadway St
Alexandria, MN
56308

Near the Central Lakes Bike Trail

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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