Alexandria, Minnesota: Runestone Museum
- 206 Broadway St., Alexandria, MN
- I-94 exit 103. Drive two miles north on Broadway/Hwy 29, to the north end of town. Museum is on the left side of the street, between 3rd and 2nd Aves.
- May-Oct M-Sa 9-5, Su 11-4. Fewer hours and days off-season. (Call to verify)
- Adults $8.
- RA Rates:
- Worth a Detour
The museum exhibits a mighty slab of cryptically carved rock. Is it a history-shaking bit of debris left by ancient Nordic litterbugs -- or a prank by a bored Minnesota farmer? Roadsideamerica.com Report... [09/06/2015]
Visitor Tips and News About Runestone Museum
The Kensington Runestone has become rolling billboard #136 in U-Haul's "Venture Across America" campaign. The series of Believe-It-Or-Not-style graphics began back in 1997, favoring arcane oddities such as the Humongous Fungus in Crystal Falls, Michigan (#83), and America's largest unknown meteor crater in Manson, Iowa (#97). The Runestone's debut closely follows another Nordic-flavored attraction, the Viking Tower of Newport, Rhode Island (#120). U-Haul side-stepped the idea of Vikings in Newport by crediting the Tower's creation to "unknown explorers," but boldly sides with the redbeards in Alexandria by depicting the disputed Runestone with a dragon boat.[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 06/08/2011]