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American Swedish Institute

2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407-1090
612-871-4907
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Ranked #14 of 117 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
Plover, Wi
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50 reviews 50 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
9 helpful votes 9 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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Brainerd, Minnesota
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

A nice old mansion to adore. I was there with my daughter and the was a display of sexual themed objects seemed out of place and was akward

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Bogotá, Cundinamarca, Colombia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

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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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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
22 attraction reviews
150 helpful votes 150 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
8 attraction reviews
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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