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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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The history behind this house is quite interesting. The displays show a number of Swedish and Norwegian artifacts ranging from quilts to artful room furnaces, as well as antique... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Coon Rapids, Minnesota
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Coon Rapids, Minnesota
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

The history behind this house is quite interesting. The displays show a number of Swedish and Norwegian artifacts ranging from quilts to artful room furnaces, as well as antique tools and instruments. The institute is set inside a mansion, which is, in and of itself, a marvel. The craftsmanship that went into the beautifully detailed woodwork and stained glass windows... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This is such an amazing piece of history. An ex Swedish newspaper publisher was just spreading his wealth around. He never really used this house but he spent huge amounts to have fancy carved wood items and fancy heaters. The house was built with total disregard to the costs. The Swedish Institute has very knowledgeable staff who are located throughout.... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This home is one that should be on everyone's travel stop. It has the most beautiful fireplaces that show the Swedish heritage. There is a charge for the tour but it's worth it. Very enjoyable.

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Rochester, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We enjoyed our time here. We didn't get to see the third floor due to a concert on that floor, but very much enjoyed the other three levels. There were 11 tile fireplaces installed - those are amazing to see - each one was unique. In each room, they had the bonus of a couple of Swedish musicians playing guitar... More 

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Rotonda West, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

like the architecture, gifts shop attic with painting of the daughter of the wonder of ASI, we sang in the dining area and that was excellent. We also have sung at the stairway which was more chaotic, but nice. Parking is difficult..get there super early!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Not the best at marketing to the public, and the lack of interest is evident on the tours and when they have an event. Nice venue for a wedding.

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Boston MA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

The woodcarving industry is alive and well in this dwelling. It is jaw dropping for workmanship. If you can, secure one of the docents for minute details of the carvings and history of the house. The ceilings are magnificent. The dining room is set up as as a Nobel Peace Prize lunch was (albeit smaller) but notice the faces of... More 

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Ironwood
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Very beautiful and well-preserved mansion of an early Minneapolis newspaper publisher. The ceramic fireplaces and ornate woodwork are just beautiful. Many rooms are set up so that you can imagine what life would have been like when the family lived there. There is also a Scandinavian gift shop and a very unique cafe. It was a worthwhile visit.

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Topeka, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

It contains a variety of the history, art, and life of the Swedish people who did much to settle Minneapolis.

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St Paul
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

I love history and so I really enjoyed visiting the ASI for the wealth of history it provides the public about the history of the twin cities and the cultural heritage of the area. The Scandinavian influence has left a distinct signature on the makeup and growth of Minnesota and the twin cities. The Swedish Institute offers people an opportunity... More 

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