We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Swedish American Museum

5211 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640
Website
Improve this listing
94%
Ranked #122 of 307 Attractions in Chicago
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: The Swedish American Museum Association (SAMAC) is committed to being a unifying force in the...
More attraction details
Attraction details
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: 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.

Hotels near Swedish American Museum

Write a Review

19 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    4
    14
    1
    0
    0
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Charleston
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We stopped in the Swedish American Museum on a Saturday afternoon, and were pleasantly surprised. The Second houses a permanent exhibition on Swedish immigration and life in the US and the Chicago area. (We didn't visit the Children's museum on the 3'rd floor.) The first floor is a gallery which hosts rotating displays, and when we were there the Polish-Swedish... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Crete, Illinois
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The story of Swedish immegration with excellent Art Exhibit on first floor. In-expensive and fun. Nice shopping and restaurants here in the Andersonville area of Chicago.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Chicago
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

My daughter and her two boys visited the museum. The first floor is a very nice gift shop, coat closet and meeting room lounge. This month was an art exhibit. Blue scapes of Sweden by Ariana Ramhage. The exhibit is running through November 30th and well worth your visit. The second floor has stories of notable Swedish Chicagoans. There are... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
London UK
Top Contributor
101 reviews 101 reviews
37 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

A delightful small gem of a museum, which tells the story of Swedish immigration to Chicago and the subsequent development of the community. Really nicely presented and a lovely small shop selling Swedish products. Definitely worth a visit if you are interested in seeing Chicago outside downtown.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Oxford, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
149 reviews 149 reviews
21 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Knowing absolutely nothing about the Swedish community, I came in not knowing what to expect. This museum is definitely geared towards families with children. However, with a unique gift shop and informative exhibits, you can't go wrong with a quick stop here. I wouldn't spend an entire afternoon here, and an hour sufficed for me. Regardless, this museum is pretty... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
13 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Visited here and was pleasantly surprised by the experience. The Swedish community's story is tastefully and educationally presented. Children will have plenty to do and play with, and it's very child-friendly. The staff were knowledgeable and friendly and the overall atmosphere is fun and welcoming. Check out the gift shop at the end for kooky Swedish gifts!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Roselle, Illinois
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
23 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

With Swedish document in hand I made a visit to this gem of a resource on a business Saturday (parking difficult but accomplished) for their annual genealogy open house. I only hoped that the document could be transcribed - it was thanks to the great staff on hand! Was able to pinpoint precisely where my grandfather hailed from...the very helpful... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Minneapolis, MN
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

I loved this little museum. My family hails from Sweden and Norway - there was a lot of nostalgia here for me. The children's section is great and even has little smock costumes for the little ones. I like old museums like this - intimate and creative. And the neighborhood is great too.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Herndon, VA
Top Contributor
165 reviews 165 reviews
65 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013 via mobile

Wanting to explore one of Chicago's ethnic neighborhoods, I chose Andersonville, since I had visited Sweden the previous summer. The neighborhood is really just 3 or 4 blocks, centered along N. Clark Street. I suppose the only thing currently Swedish about it is a few restaurants and the Swedish American Museum. The museum costs $4/adult and contains a few exhibits,... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Saint Louis, Missouri
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

A nice little museum in a cool neighborhood in Chicago. Located in area called Andersonville in the Chicago suburbs, this museum is both wonderful and interesting at the same time. There are two galleries that are in the building. The first one you will see when you enter the museum that displays current exhibits and the second gallery is located... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Been to Swedish American Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Swedish American Museum staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?