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American Swedish Institute

2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407-1090
612-871-4907
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Ranked #13 of 115 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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Bogotá, Cundinamarca, Colombia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

My sister, niece and I really enjoyed our visit to the American Swedish Institute. set in a lovely old mansion, it's a combination of the History of the mansion and it's owner, with temporary exhibits of Scandinavian themes. Especially loved the works by Ian Ward. Really beautiful.

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Bethesda
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Not only were we able to tour the mansion on our own and view an exhibit on Rya Rugs, but we ended the evening with delicious Swedish fare at the restaurant. The Institute is an unusual museum treat.

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minneapolis
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134 reviews 134 reviews
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149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I particularly love going here when they have special events - live music, parties, etc. I hear the restaurant is delicious but have not been yet. This is a great combination of old and new - kudos to management, it's a wonderful MN Norwegian destination fit for the times!

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Bozeman, Montana
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We spent an afternoon at the "ASI" and I enjoyed it very much. There was a textile exhibit on view as well so there was an explosion of color and texture throughout the castle. I loved all the old fireplace/stoves- which were polished to a high sheen. The gift shop had a variety of items and many prices to fit... More

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Monmouth, IL
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We were not at the mansion at the right time for an official tour, but the first floor guide walked us around anyway. What a treat! He knew a lot, and opened up cabinets and doors to show us additional spaces. He also explained how the new modern addition mimics in many ways the historic mansion. That's something I would... More

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Arizona
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Fun to walk through to see all the fireplaces and the wonderful woodwork! Doesn't take too long, but well worth the price of admission.

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I spent the afternoon with my sister visiting the American Swedish Institute. The house was built in the 1800's by a Swedish immigrant. The big house had a lot of beautiful wood and wonderful old standing stoves in each room. We ate at the cafe and it was true delicious Swedish food. I recommend visiting this museum even for families.... More

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Lisle, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I learned a few things about my Swedish heritage, but not a whole lot. The mansion IS gorgeous though. I thought the admission price was a little steep for what was offered. We did opt to explore on our own rather than take the official tour. We liked that the parking was free!

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Fair Lawn, New Jersey
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

I left with the impression that the homeowner of this mansion had an oversized ego that needed to be satisfied by building a home that out-classed everyone else's in town. The sad thing is that he hardly ever entertained and hardly ever showed it off to anyone. At least the building and furnishing of this home employed many many craftsmen... More

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Bradford, Vermont
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Nice mansion and very knowledgable guides. I enjoyed that a lot. But I expected to learn a little more about my Swedish heritage. All I could find was an extensive Norwegian rug display all through the mansion.

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