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Swedish American Museum

Address: 5211 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640
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Ranked #155 of 949 things to do in Chicago
Type: Specialty museums, Museums
Owner description: The Swedish American Museum Association (SAMAC) is committed to being a unifying force in the...
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Type: Specialty museums, Museums
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.

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English first
Cincinnati, Ohio
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This is more of a museum if you have kids. I do not have kids, so I found it to be pretty boring. The actual "museum" part was incredibly tiny and did not have a lot about Swedish culture--just about the Swedish immigration. Definitely skip it when you are in town.

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Columbus, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

I have always been interested in my Scandinavian heritage so I didn't pass up the opportunity to visit this museum when I visited Chicago. The entire street is filled with Swedish ran and themed places (a restaurant, a market, etc.) and is very clean and cultural. This museum has very interesting historical art and artifacts from Sweden. You will leave... More 

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chicago, illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

We visited the Swedish American Museum and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The museum is very interesting and thoughtfully arranged. The permanent exhibit on Swedish immigration does a very good job of explaining the reasons for such immigration and linking it to the broader patterns of immigration to America. The exhibit then transitions very nicely into the Swedish experience in Chicago,... More 

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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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 

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Crete, Illinois
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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.

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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 

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London UK
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101 reviews 101 reviews
37 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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.

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Oxford, Massachusetts
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21 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
13 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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43 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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