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American Swedish Institute

2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407-1090
612-871-4907
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Ranked #13 of 114 attractions in Minneapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums
Owner description: Founded in 1929 by Swan J. Turnblad, this castle serves as a combination historic house/museum that features exhibits and programs of the Swedish... more » Owner description: Founded in 1929 by Swan J. Turnblad, this castle serves as a combination historic house/museum that features exhibits and programs of the Swedish culture. « less
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English first
Springfield, Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This is more of a gallery of Scandinavian arts and crafts than it is an architectural museum and, thus, not what I expected. The story behind the house is interesting, however, as the Turnblads (original owners) never lived there. Don't miss lunch at Fika; the gravlox is spectacular!

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Duluth, MN
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138 reviews 138 reviews
29 attraction reviews
235 helpful votes 235 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Loved the exhibits, the beautiful old home, and the wonderful modern building, but piece de resistance was the Cafe. The tasty food was just delicious!

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74 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

American Swedish institute is a nice addition to the Phillips neighbrhood. As the name indicates it is an institution focused on various socio-economic and cultural exchanges between the US and Scandinavian countries (contrary to its name it occasionally features other Scandinavian countries as well). The whole place is very pleasant, it offer a small gift shop with different (overpriced) memorabialia... More

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Chicago, IL
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I was not expecting this museum to be so child friendly. Of course the Swedes brought us Ikea. Though, this is not a children's museum but there are activities that will entertain all ages.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Absolutely beautiful building and great gift shop. Wonderful exhibits and accommodated the Midsomar celebration that had gotten rained out. Parking is easy and entrance is easy. Definitely would say review the website and catch the great events that are available.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We had not time to explore the exhibits but did visit the gift shop. Our main reason to go there was to have lunch on a friend's recommendation. We will definitely go back if we visit again.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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123 reviews 123 reviews
13 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The American Swedish Institute is a great place to have lunch (at Fika, their in-house restaurant) followed by a tour through the lovely old mansion exhibiting Scandinavian art and crafts. The volunteer docents are very knowledgeable and engaging. Enjoy the exterior courtyard on a beautiful Minnesota summer's day.

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Huntsville, Alabama
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

We enjoyed the tour of the home but were VERY disappointed with the food. We were looking forward to something very Scandinavian but the portion was small and it was very average.

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Swartz Creek MI
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

This is GREAT place, Was so nice to learn about swedish culture. It's not easy to find and literally no one from our hotel knew how to give us directions. -- It is worth the search :)

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We've lived in Minneapolis area for more than 30 years and didn't realize what a gem this is. We went for the food at Fika, which is excellent and well worth the visit, and decided to tour the mansion while there. The mansion is a late Victorian era Swedish-American mansion with exquisite woodwork carvings and Swedish porcelain stoves. Also houses... More

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