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Address: 5211 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640
Phone Number: 773-728-8111
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description: The Swedish American Museum Association (SAMAC) is committed to being a...
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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This is a small museum with special displays for children about immigration. They also offer genealogical research assistance by appointment for a small fee. Parking is a block... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 11, 2015
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Bonner Springs
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

This is a small museum with special displays for children about immigration. They also offer genealogical research assistance by appointment for a small fee. Parking is a block west and limited or take CTA blue line and bus--think it was 92.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

The museum tells the story of what the Swedish immigrants went through as they came to Chicago. It is very well done. You understand what their experience is like as you looked at the exhibits. There is also a separate floor that is set up for kids with many hands on activities. Well done! Hint - the 2nd Tuesday of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

We went to Andersonville to see the village where so many Swedish immigrants came in late 1800's and early 1900's. It's well worth the trip. Take the bus #22 from downtown Chicago to Andersonville. The ride will take some 40 minutes and costs $2:25/person. About halfway you should notice all the sportsbars that indicates that you are getting close to... More 

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Malmö
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We started out Chicago tour by visiting this museum. It is a traditional museum, without so much interactivity, but the children still enjoyed it much. It gives a very good overview of Swedish immigration and life in Chicago and the staff were very friendly and helpful. A small shop sells a variety of Swedish sweets as well as other regular... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 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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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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Charleston
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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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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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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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Address: 5211 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640
Phone Number: 773-728-8111
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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