American Swedish Institute Minneapolis
Where are we going today?
The USA is made up to so many cultures, which makes it so special! The traditions, the foods, the way of life - it's a melting pot of the world. So why not have a museum dedicated to one of those cultures!
The American Swedish Institute is a fascinating look at not only another culture, but history too.
The building itself is amazing, and a very historic house. Originally built in the turn of the century to show off the wealth of the newspaperman Swan Turnblad, it's now a great museum where you can explore the institute that was set up in 1929!
Tis 33 room mansion is a museum in itself, filled with amazing examples of early 20th century chateauesque architecture.
Now, this majestic two story grand hall and carved stone and woodwork is filled with exhibit galleries that can teach kids a range of topics that relate to the Swedish influence in America.
There are exhibits on art, and how the Swedish culture mourns. There are paintings, and quilts, and even how the Nordic Christmas celebrations are held.
Some of the exhibits are temporary, so there will always be a reason to head to the American Swedish Institute, and more new things to see and learn!
Of course, there is the primary collection within the institute that is filled with artifacts and documents that preserve the cultures of not only Swedish America, but Sweden too.
A fascinating culture filled day out in Minnesota!
How much does it cost?
- Children$5 (Ages 6-18)
- Free Under: 5 years
When can we go?
12pm - 5pm Sun, Tues, Thurs, Fri (8pm Wed) / 10am - 5pm Sat
They offer field trips, as well as adult programs AND kids programs, so there are plenty of chances to learn!.
The FIKA cafe is the best place to grab a bit to eat! In the musuem, it's had rave reviews and great food for kids! .
There are healthy options in the cafe for you!.
Any Top Tips?
They offer public tours at 1:30pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and throughout the week for a $3 charge. .
Need a little extra help?
There are wheelchairs for loan, and handicapped paring spaces. The restrooms are accessible, and sign language interpreters can be arranged with 72 hours notice!.
Strollers are welcome, and there are family restrooms and changing stations. They also have galleries where they encourage younger kids to touch and play!.
Can I get one of those?
The ASI Museum Store is filled with great gifts, homewares, educational items and other merchandise!.
What people are saying?
by Mike Danielle
We had our wedding here. Very pretty, but the event planning staff is a joke. No one has any idea what is going on - ever. Our coordinator was MIA during the wedding and my bridesmaids ended up running around for most of the evening trying to take care of the things we were told ASI would handle but which were not taken care of. For $5000 plus food and drink costs, go to Calhoun or the art museum, or just about any where else, to work with an event planning staff that actually knows how to plan an event.
by Susanne Vejdemo
Awesome museum, but quite disappointing café. Small portions, ok but uninspiring food and when the menu says they use the fancy Västerbotten cheese, it's not true (we checked with the kitchen, and they admitted they'd replaced it with sharp cheddar, which costs a fraction of Västerbotten, and doesn't taste the same at all.)
by Dana Bacon
If you care for Swedish things, then this should be a 5. Cool bits of architecture and design are sprinkled through this urban castle, and the bookstore has a great selection of Swedish gifts and books.
by A Google User
by Jim Doolittle