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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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Not just for Scandinavians

This old Turnblad Mansion, dating from about 1908, is very interesting in it's own right. The Nobel display was a bonus. A knowledgeable volunteer explained the background of each... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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Stillwater, Minnesota
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Stillwater, Minnesota
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

This old Turnblad Mansion, dating from about 1908, is very interesting in it's own right. The Nobel display was a bonus. A knowledgeable volunteer explained the background of each exhibit in each room. What a wonderful example of interdisciplinary art and imagination both in the works and in the staging. Come early or stay after the tour and visit Fika,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This is an amazing mansion with an intriguing past. It surpassed my expectations in every aspect. The tour guide really added depth and understanding, with added colour. Make sure you take a tour. It is well worth a visit and in return know you are helping these people preserve this beautiful 'home' that never was.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

In the USA this is a castle. It has a number of furnished rooms which are well organised and laid out and the staff arrange interludes. There is a Nobel price exhibition but if you did not know you would think that the Swedish academy gave the peace prize whereas this is given by the Norwegian committee.

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Montrose, Minnesota
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We decided on a whim to take our two small children one sunny weekend and were pleasantly surprised to find it nice and quiet. Thanks to the fantastic renovation we had no trouble bringing our small children and there was plenty of room to have a stroller. The top floor had a great play area for kids, which was perfectly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

I loved this place as a kid, and was really excited to see it again with the addition of the restaurant and museum area. They have done an absolutely marvelous job of renovating the mansion, and the addition is very nice. I could not have been more excited and surprised at the terrific renovation....on all three floors. They also had... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

I've been wanted to see the American Swedish Institute for many years now. Arriving around noon, I had a bite to eat at FIKA, their in-house café, followed by a tour through the impressive old mansion that seems to always have some sort of special exhibit going on. When I was there, it was Nobel Awards related. The volunteer guides... More 

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

Whether you descend from Swedish relatives or not, you will enjoy the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. It is a beautiful, historic building, through which you can receive a guided tour. If you have Swedish heritage, you will find all kinds of interesting displays recalling the history of your countrymen. There is also a lovely restaurant where you can relax... More 

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Ham Lake, MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

It is wonderful with great tour guides, also a cute café in the lobby. Loved it, even if you are not Swedish heritage. Great gift shop for that extra special gift for yourself or a friend.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

The decorative features of the Turnblad mansion are worth a visit. Well presented and preserved. The ASI's restaurant, Fika, is also well worth taking in.

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Callaway, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

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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