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History Live! in Fort Alexandria

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Thank you for helping Big Ole!

Big Ole, the famous statue of a jolly Viking in Alexandria, MN, is 50 years old, and needed attention. We thank the community and the AACF for donating to the Big Ole Repair Fund. We have met the goal.

Big Ole will have the blue primer on his legs until the spring weather allows more bead blasting and priming. After that, he will be painted with the finish colors.

 Ole-Bluelegs-crp50 There was a tenth century Viking King of Denmark called Harald Bluetooth. We have our own Viking, called “Ole Bluelegs,” at least for now!

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Leave a review of your experience at our museum!

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We have the Runestone!

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 a while you will live in the past, so walk a little slower, talk a little slower, and enjoy the exhibit 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 (summer season) and visit several authentic log buildings, an 1880 country school house, and view the forty-foot viking ship made by the Smithsonian. Experience the changing of the seasons in the display of tools and farm equipment used by an earlier generation. For a preview see the Exhibits page.

 

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Would you like to help support the work of the Runestone Museum? If the answer is YES, click on the Support Us page for more information.

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Click here to see who our 2015 Sponsors are!

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Kids, enjoy the Scavenger Hunt! Pick up a clipboard from the Immigrant Trunk.

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Bring your cell phone!
We have the OnCell system, which plays audio descriptions of many of our exhibits.

The OnCell project is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Lake Region Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.

 

 

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gift shop2The Runestone Gift Shop features Minnesota, Alexandria and Big Ole 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 craftspeople. Visit the Gift Shop to purchase online.

 

Admission Prices:

Summer Rates, May 1 – Oct. 31
Runestone Museum members: FREE
Adults: $8.00
Seniors: $6.00
Student (ages 5-17): $5.00
Family (2 adults and children 17 and under): $20.00
Group Rates: Contact Runestone Museum

Winter Rates, Nov. 1 – April 30
Runestone Museum members: FREE
Adults: $6.00
Seniors: $5.00
Student (ages 5-17): $3.00
Family (2 adults and children 17 and under): $15.00
Group Rates: Contact Runestone Museum

Rates subject to change without notice

 

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