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American Swedish Institute

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Address: 2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407-1090
Phone Number:
+1 612-871-4907
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Tue 12:00 - 17:00
Wed 12:00 - 20:00
Thu - Fri 12:00 - 17:00
Sat 10:00 - 17:00

Founded in 1929 by Swan J. Turnblad, this castle serves as a combination...

Founded in 1929 by Swan J. Turnblad, this castle serves as a combination historic house/museum that features exhibits and programs of the Swedish culture.

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What a venue

The physical location is amazing - even if the back story is a bit odd. However, we were there to visit an art exhibit. The combination of the facility with the art installation... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Madison, Wisconsin
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Madison, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The physical location is amazing - even if the back story is a bit odd. However, we were there to visit an art exhibit. The combination of the facility with the art installation was IDEAL. We will be back

Thank JeffS1961
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Interesting, clean museum environment. Now showing four exhibits about interesting facets of Swedish life and culture.

Thank Roberto R
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I first visited the American Swedish Institute over 30 years ago. While it was an interesting experience in the 1980s, since then it has become much more lively, and a venue for all sorts of cultural events. Four different organizations were holding events there when I went on a guided tour. The restaurant is reasonably priced and serves authentic Scandinavian... More 

Thank Prestinna
Chicago suburbs
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39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The house defies superlatives- it is that giant and full of woodwork and overall overwhelming in scope. The cafe is beautifully cozy-sized yet open and conducive to quiet conversation or people-watching. Enjoy both- they are unique.

Thank WalkingLadyJ
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Institute hosts unique and interesting exhibits related to Sweden and the Nordic countries. Housed in a historic mansion, which was tastefully expanded a few years ago, the building also includes a wonderful cafe with real Scandinavian food.

Thank Babsan2012
Anoka, Minnesota
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92 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Extravagant mansion, full of surprises. They have three or four main shows a year, all different and related to Scandinavia. The building has numerous alcoves and quirky rooms.

Thank Stephen C
Fridley, Minnesota, United States
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A friend was visiting from our of state and we took her to the American Swedish Institute. In addition to their regular exhibits, they had a wonder display for the northern European celebrations of the holidays. The docents were all very helpful and informative. We spoke with three different docents who were very willing to share their experience and interests.... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was here during the Christmas celebration. The home was so beautiful! Enchanted to hear a children's choir in the upstairs also. The tour was very interesting. Highly recommend eating in the cafe. The holiday glögg was fun and tasty, and so was the food! I wish we had not eaten breakfast before our visit. Really enjoyed the Swedish meatballs. Totally... More 

Thank NewOrleansSecrets
Iron River, Wisconsin
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While I had previously toured this incredible home - this trip was dedicated to a Saori Weaving class. It was an afternoon class on free style weaving and was a relaxing, informative and fun experience. I would recommend checking out what classes you might be interested in.

Thank mlknoke
La Crosse, Wisconsin
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a really interesting tour. Their is no need to be Swedish to enjoy it. I had a 13 and 16 year old with me and they both enjoyed the tour. We had an outstanding tour guide.

Thank Todd R

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