AAA Editor Notes
Runestone Museum is at 206 Broadway St. The Kensington Runestone displayed at the museum was found on the farm of Olaf Ohman in 1898. Carvings on the stone depict the tragic journey of a band of Vikings in 1362. Runic scholars have affirmed and recanted the stone's authenticity, and controversy persists over who created the artifact as well as when it was carved.
The museum also features a collection of 14th-century Viking implements, a comprehensive display of Minnesota wildlife and birds, a Native American exhibit, an Alexandria history display, the 40-foot replica of the Viking merchant ship Snorri and a children's interactive area. A 28-foot Viking statue weighing more than 4 tons stands across the street.
Fort Alexandria is a replica of the 1862 stockade built to protect settlers after the Dakota Conflict. The fort includes a church and stagecoach stop, a trading post, a blacksmith shop, a one-room schoolhouse and a log cabin, all furnished to reflect 19th-century pioneer life.
Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.