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Swedish American Museum

5211 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640-2101
+1 773-728-8111
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A neighborhood that hardly feels Scandinavian

Given the number of Swedes living in Chicago, the museum is surprisingly contentless. It has a... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2017
Swedish Corner

I was surprised to learn about this museum in Andersonville, the “Little Sweden” of Chicago... read more

Reviewed 11 September 2017
Nadya S
Lomonosov, Russia
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The Swedish American Museum Association (SAMAC) is committed to being a unifying force in the promotion of Swedish-American heritage and ethnic pride. SAMAC's primary purpose is to develop and maintain a permanent museum center that houses, collects, preserves and interprets its Swedish American collection and culture via exhibits and programs. The Museum Center provides for cultural and educational activities for its publics, including Scandinavian organizations and businesses, museum members, the Andersonville community and individuals young and old.
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5211 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640-2101
+1 773-728-8111
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Reviewed 2 October 2017

Given the number of Swedes living in Chicago, the museum is surprisingly contentless. It has a permanent exhibit showing the journey that Swedes took to America during the largest periods of migration.Whether you are Swedish or not this is a OK way to spend $6.

Thank Phayao13
Reviewed 11 September 2017

I was surprised to learn about this museum in Andersonville, the “Little Sweden” of Chicago. Visited to learn about the immigration history.

Thank Nadya S
Reviewed 24 May 2017

Want to know about your Northern European ancestors' journey to America, and their opportunities and challenges? View Chicago's rich Swedish history, with a fun children's section and unique contemporary photographic and architectural exhibits.

1  Thank BonanJ
Reviewed 21 February 2017

The admission is $6.00 but I was apart of a group so I paid $3.00. There were different sections of the museum that detailed the immigrants' journey to the US. The tour guide talked more ahout him and his family than about the artifacts. The...More

2  Thank 231Liz
Reviewed 2 August 2016

Friendly, welcoming and filled with beautiful artifacts of generations past. I would have loved the children's section when I was young. I'm only have a small amount of Scandinavian heritage but I left here feeling a little more proud of my ancestors past, even though...More

Thank leannajenkins82
Reviewed 3 July 2016

Very vivid representations of the experiences of people coming to the U.S. from Sweden and their experiences over the years. We also took the tour of this Swedish-American part of the city, which had some surprises.

Thank 277emelina
Reviewed 26 June 2016

We stopped in last weekend. After a brief welcome and directions, we proceeded to the permanent exhibit "The Dream of America – Swedish Immigration to Chicago." I found this to be very well organized and informative. Midway through the exhibit, we came upon a section...More

2  Thank Arvid
Reviewed 1 May 2016

My grandparents were from the area and I was up visiting my cousin. I had heard of this museum and wanted to check it out, since I am trying to research my heritage. Cost is $4.00/adult. There is a small parking lot available on the...More

Thank L S
Reviewed 18 April 2016

I liked my visit to this small museum today, though it was a bit smaller than expected. The price is very reasonable, the staff friendly, and the exhibits informative. And the gift shop is very cool! Also seems like a great place for kids. Took...More

Thank eec317
Reviewed 18 April 2016 via mobile

Love this place. Our initial choice was the 3rd floor Childrens Museum. The hands on experience and history is unparalleled. The original furniture and utensils are historical and interesting. The cabin is a representation of frontier homes in America. The ship to America is amazing...More

1  Thank Geri C
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