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Swedish American Museum

5211 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640
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Ranked #131 of 364 attractions in Chicago
Type: Specialty Museums
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.... more » 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. « less
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Oxford, Massachusetts
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124 reviews 124 reviews
20 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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

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London, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
13 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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!

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Roselle, Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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

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Minneapolis, MN
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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.

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Herndon, VA
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149 reviews 149 reviews
54 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 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

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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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

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Los Angeles, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

My husband is Swedish, and very proud of his ancestry, so we decided to spend a free hour in the museum. I was pleasantly surprised! Although small, the museum's exhibits are very well designed and comprehensive. It is a walk through exhibit from Sweden to America. It starts in Sweden, giving you a history of how they lived during the... More

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New York City, New York
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99 reviews 99 reviews
26 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

This is small unique museum. I wouldn't recommend making a special trip, but if you're in the neighborhood pop in! The street the museum is on is home to many restaurants/shops. You can see the entire museum at a slow pace in an hour.

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4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012 via mobile

We took our 2 yr old and 9 month old here last weekend and had a blast. There are 3 floors. The first floor was a small art gallery dedicated to the work of an artist who did beautiful colorful tapestries and furniture. We only stayed there a few minutes. The second floor is their permanent exhibit that details the... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

Recently, on Smithsoniam Museum Day, my husband and I took our 1 year old son to the Swedish American Museum. While this small museum dedicated to the history of Swedish-to-Chicago-immigration museum is really well curated and very interesting, the highlight of the whole place is the 3rd floor Brunk Children's Museum of Immigration. Rather than untouchable displays of historical artifacts,... More

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