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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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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
Description: 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 home

I really liked all the different elaborate furnaces. Sad that the original furniture is gone. Tour guide was very informative. Beautiful stained glass windows.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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West Salem, Wisconsin
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West Salem, Wisconsin
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

I really liked all the different elaborate furnaces. Sad that the original furniture is gone. Tour guide was very informative. Beautiful stained glass windows.

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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Essentially, the home of a wealthy early 20th-century midwesterner that has been converted into a museum. Beautifully cared for. Can bee seen thoroughly in an hour or two. The cafe/restaurant therein is special, and well worth your lunchtime.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Every year we like to go here for midsummer festival. There is dancing out on the lawn. You can also go at other times for the food and gift shop. Best to car pool because parking is limited.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The tour of the home was well worth the price of admission. It was like being transported back in time to view how life was a hundred years ago. The wood carvings were ornate, the stained glass was wonderful and the gourmet food at the food court was a treat o the palate

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This historic castle-like museum takes you into another world. Full of permanent and changing exhibits, and a "to die for" Swedish eatery open for breakfast and lunch -- ASI is not to be missed. Plan to buy high quality gifts and books at the shop inside. I always find unique items for my fussiest friends!

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Minneapolis
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46 reviews 46 reviews
10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

This is a great museum celebrating Minneapolis' Nordic ancestry. The architecture is really nice and it's fun to explore the interior. They have various rooms representing Scandinavian countries and it is very informative. At Christmastime, the whole mansion is decorated beautifully. The connected cafe has hot chocolate for the cold winters.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

I've lived here for over 45 years and never visited until recently. It was so amazing, beautifully maintained and the staff was extremely helpful. We also ate lunch here and that in itself is worth a trip!

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Costa Rica
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64 reviews 64 reviews
22 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

This is a very interesting place to know the life style in the past of the people that emigrated from Europe to make business in America. The entrance is magnificent and is very interesting to go discover each of the rooms. If you like architecture you will love it

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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49 reviews 49 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

The Swedish Institute has done much to perpetuate Swedish culture and food in Minneapolis. In fact the small restaurant serves superb dishes with the only caveat being that many of the portions while exquisite are small. But go to this location and you will profit from their displays, from the care given to traditions, and to finding excellent temporary installations... More 

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Minneapolis
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57 reviews 57 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Just touring the house is remarkable. The history of its owner is very interesting. That along with the Swedish influence and articles make this place a must see - even if you are not Scandinavian. Great gift shop and cafe. You won't be disappointed.

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