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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 94 Attractions in Minneapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: Founded in 1929 by Swan J. Turnblad, this castle serves as a combination historic house/museum that...
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Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Hours:
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
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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Callaway, Minnesota
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103 reviews 103 reviews
26 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

What a great place to have available to see such an important cultural aspect in the the growth and history of Minnesota. Not only interesting as to the various visiting displays that might come from Sweden and also dealing with Swedish-American aspects of life in the Upper Midwest, it also offers a glimpse of what the gilded life in Minneapolis... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

I have been here for a couple of events and really enjoyed myself. The mansion makes for a great backdrop to any party. We have toured the mansion as well. While interesting I don't believe the historical significance as it pertains to Minneapolis' past is great. There is a cool restaurant and gift shop there as well.

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Okemos, Michigan
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82 reviews 82 reviews
11 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We make a point of visiting the American Swedish Institute every time we visit our daughter and her family in the area, especially at Christmas. The Turnblad Mansion is gloriously decorated at Christmas. There are many wonderful programs and even special events including dinner you may attend. If you don't "feel" the Season, you will after time spent here. There... More 

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Almost every time we visit Minneapolis, we make a visit to the American Swedish Institute. The museum is especially beautiful at Christmas as all of the rooms are decorated for the holiday. This year different rooms were decorated to represent the Scandinavian and Baltic countries of Europe. Of course, the visit to the museum is not complete unless we stop... More 

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Warrenville, Illinois
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

When our friends took us to the American Swedish Institute, we discovered that it was actually the Turnblad Mansion, former home of Swedish family Swan, Christina and Lillian Turnblad. The Mansion has three floors, all with elaborate original furnishings from the family. The highlight was the Grand Hall which contains a beautifully carved two story Honduran mahogany fireplace. As you... More 

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Yorkville, Illinois, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

A very interesting place with much to offer. We took the self walking tour of the mansion and it was fabulous to see how people lived over 100 years ago. We also approached one of the guides located in a main room to begin hearing the story of the original family that built this wonderful place.

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Brasilia, DF
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

it's beautiful place you take not long time to visit. But is a litlle bit expensive. They have parking and restaurant.

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Bloomington, Indiana
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

We took part in a Saturday afternoon tour of the Turnblad House. The home is opulently decorated, though few of the rooms are actually furnished. The docent was informed of the history of the family and articles in the household. It was at times hard to hear the guide, as other visitors (not on the tour) were free to roam... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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45 reviews 45 reviews
28 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

It is well preserved and displays are lovely. We went for the Christmas displays. Each room was beautifully appointed with a lot of attention to details. We had a "local" giving us a tour-but there are also helpful docents to answer questions. Though not 100% my "cup of tea" it was an enjoyable visit.

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nyc
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29 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Though the entrance appears modern, the American Sewdish Institute is actually a very beautiful, ornate building, housing rooms representing all the Scandanavian countries. We enjoyed this very much, seeing what made each country a bit different. The woodworking in the building is wonderful. I love Scandanavian design, and it was great to see so much of it displayed in one... More 

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