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American Swedish Institute

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Address: 2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407-1090
Phone Number: 612-871-4907
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wed 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thu - Fri 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Founded in 1929 by Swan J. Turnblad, this castle serves as a combination...

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.

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Beautiful old mansion

This mansion was a lot of fun. Every room had a different Swedish tile wood stove. Gorgeous! Some of the ceilings were painted plaster with lovely light fixtures. The wood... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
IngaMari
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Rhinelander, Wisconsin
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Rhinelander, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This mansion was a lot of fun. Every room had a different Swedish tile wood stove. Gorgeous! Some of the ceilings were painted plaster with lovely light fixtures. The wood trim throughout the home was beautiful. All the carving was done by one man and was the sign of a great craftsman/artist. They could use a few more pieces of... More 

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New Orleans
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Gorgeous! Educational! Fun!!! This was the most unexpected outing. It is wonderful for adults and children and is unlike anything I have seen anywhere else.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have visited this spot twice. Both visits were excellent. Check the calendar. Some programs are perfect for families. The house is splendid. If you go for the market in December, go early. It is VERY popular.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We don't tire of visiting the Turnblad Mansion that houses much of the Institute. The house is gorgeous, especially enhanced by amazing woodwork and a great collection of ceramic tiled stoves. The Christmas decorations throughout and the celebration themes for all the Scandinavian countries and Russia were delightful over the holidays, and a photo with the Tomte's Cottage a must... More 

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Midwest
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is especially nice to see when decorated for Christmas. The guided tour (included in admission) is worthwhile, but they don't limit the number of people, so can be very crowded on certain dates. There is good signage, so looking around yourself is also easily done. The cafe has limited hours, so if you plan to eat, check the hours... More 

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Lakewood, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

What a surprise! Very fun self guided tour of historic home! They had rooms decorated for each Scandinavian countries traditional Chriatmas. Such fun!

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Xenia, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

Interesting set of Scandinavian Christmas decorations. The Russian and Soviet (New Year's) ones were interesting. The immigration stories were also interesting, especially since they are mostly less than 100 years old.

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Stirling, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015 via mobile

I really enjoyed the house, not least the beautiful painted window. It is well worth a visit In its own right. However, the exhibition when I was there was disappointing. It was from the Swedish design school Beckmans (which is well renowned) and their pupils interpretation fashion interpretations of the Nobel prizes. I get the link to Sweden, nevertheless, as... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

This is such a wonderful building and so much going on during the Christmas Holiday season. Take you time and enjoy.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015 via mobile

Such a beautiful warm well preserved home went during the Christmas holidays so we got to see Christmas decorations. Worth the visit.

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