Alexandria, Minnesota: Runestone Museum

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Address:
206 Broadway St., Alexandria, MN
Directions:
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.
Hours:
May-Oct M-Sa 9-5, Su 11-4. Off-season M-Sa 10-4. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
320-763-3160
Admission:
Adults $8.
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Runestone Museum.

Runestone Museum

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]

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Runestone U-Haul art.

Kensington Runestone

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]

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