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American Swedish Institute

Address: 2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407-1090
Phone Number: 612-871-4907
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Ranked #12 of 87 Attractions in Minneapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Cultural
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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.

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English first
Memphis, Tennessee
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Toured ASI with this former family home decorated for Christmas, complete with snow falling outside. Magnificent interior filled with ornate woodwork and furnishings. Great way to spend a snowy day.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

They showcase the Swedish Heritage of this area and it is a "must see" whether or not you are Scandinavian. A great restaurant there too!

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Minneapolis, Mn
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

A meatball served at the Swedish Institute is divine! I couldln't believe my tastebuds when I ordered this for lunch one day. This is a dish that seems so simple, but this was better than anything I have ever made. The potatoes and piquant lingonberries that accompanied this dish were delicious! Anything I have ever had at this luncheon venue... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Other people have described the interior craftmanship very well, so I will simply add that the history of the owners is fascinating. The drive and ambition of immigrants of yesteryear never cease to amaze me. This building is truly unique and I would love to know more about its inhabitants than the story told by our excellent guide. They must... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

This is a must see piece of history if you are ever on the area. The details in the craftsmanship can't be described by words. The caterer (from the ASI) was amazing! His creations were delicious, especially his sweet potato bar.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

The only "Castle" in the Twin Cities this amazing Gothic Mansion is even more impressive inside that it is to view from the outside. The wood carvings and tiled heating stoves are out of this world and incredibly this was a family home until the late 1920's. Well worth a visit if you are in Minneapolis or St Pauls.

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Plover, Wi
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56 reviews 56 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

We were there for a wedding reception. Beautiful venue, great staff. Food was good.. Grounds and building are amazing. The room we were in for the reception was perfect.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I wasn't quite sure what to expect at this museum, but was pleasantly surprised. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about Swedish history and influence in Minnesota, the people (including Sami) and their art. Spread throughout a new museum and a historic building, the institute is a great activity for a rainy day, especially if they have a visiting exhibition on. I... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

After living in Minneapolis long enough, finally went to visit. I thought it would be mostly history about Swedish immigrants, but it is more a tour of a historic mansion owned by a first generation Swedish American family, with different rotating art exhibits. It was a beautiful place; the exhibits were interesting, the little gift shop is nice and the... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

While in town, we wanted to see something that different from what we would see in the Northeast ern US. This was a great taste of Minnesota's heritage. It is not a huge museum; I found it to be the perfect size. So glad that we got to see this interesting place.

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