Place Category: Museums and Historical Sites

Wonderful museums and historical sites within the Alexandria area.

Downtown Alexandria

The Historic Downtown District in Alexandria Minnesota awaits YOU! Discover enchanting shops and beautiful boutiques that will surely lure you inside. Stroll through unique historic buildings and find timeless antique stores to find unexpected treasures and nostalgic memorabilia. Then take a break and treat yourself at any one of our cozy eateries, cafes, candy store, wine… Continue Reading

Kensington Runestone Park

Kensington Runestone Park is located on the original farm site of Olaf Ohman. Visit this historic park to view the actual discovery location of the infamous Kensington Runestone. The park consists of 304 acres of wooded, gently rolling land which has two shelters for picnicking, outdoor game fields, trails for hiking and cross-country skiing, a… Continue Reading

Spruce Hill Lutheran Church

The Historic Spruce Hill Lutheran Church began as a log structure built in 1881. It had seats of wooden planks set on stumps and its pulpit an upright log. The need for a larger church became evident and the present building was completed in 1902. A horse barn was added in 1913. To see the… Continue Reading

Legacy of the Lakes Museum

The Legacy of The Lakes Museum & Gardens in Alexandria, MN celebrates our beloved lake traditions and legacies. Discover vintage watercraft, fine art, and the history of our lakes and lake culture. Our gardens offer a relaxing setting among flowers, shrubs, trees, water features, and more. Open mid-May through October. Permanent exhibits include Grand Hotels… Continue Reading

Runestone Museum

The Runestone Museum features dozens of exhibits which highlights Norse history, the Native Americans, Minnesota wildlife, early pioneers and the world-famous Kensington Runestone! Enter Fort Alexandria and visit several authentic log buildings, an 1880 country school house, and view a forty-foot Viking ship called the Snorri. Gift shop and museum open year around. Continue Reading

Douglas County Historical Society

Douglas County Historical Society is located in the historic residence of Senator Knute Nelson, the house has been restored and has many of the original furnishings. The research library houses extensive historical and genealogical resources with 125 years of area newspapers. Guided tours available 9am-3pm Monday-Friday, or call to schedule a group tour. Continue Reading