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American Swedish Institute

2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407-1090
612-871-4907
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Ranked #14 of 114 attractions in Minneapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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
Richmond, Virginia, United States
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68 reviews 68 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

This inviting vital spacious museum is fresh and vital with lots of natural light outdoor spaces and a fine, informal restaurant with great thematic menu. Excellent Nordic influenced baked goods. Look for exhibitions by Scandinavian artists, special events, and uniquely designed items in the delightful gift shop.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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31 reviews 31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Spent a very enjoyable afternoon here with relatives. There are many aspects to explore: the architecture of the building itself, MN history, especially as influenced by Nordic culture, the Turnblads, who owned the mansion and the many incredible artifacts and art presented. Especilly notable are the elaborate tile stoves and the glasswork. They also have a pleasant cafe and store.

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Lake Geneva
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I took a very cold but nice walk from downtown to the museum. Warmed up in the cafe and we were lucky enough to get there just as lunch was starting. Upon finishing our tour we were very glad to have eaten first; the crowd and wait were unbelievable for a museum cafe! The food was flavorful... More

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Sydney, Australia
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534 reviews 534 reviews
250 attraction reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

The brand new building sits beautifully alongside the original chateau. Tour both and marvel at the silly money the founders had! The temporary exhibit was good and the art installations only highlighted the building's beauty. Stop at Fika for a meal (fika means coffee & chat to Swedes).

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

I loved this small museum which was once a very elegant residence. There is a full restaurant with traditional Swedish food which was excellent. The gift shop has some unique items from Sweden. I still use the sponges that I bought from this shop. The museum is in a residential neighborhood outside of the downtown area. It can be reached... More

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San Francisco, California
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48 reviews 48 reviews
12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

We heard great things about the "cafeteria" in the American Swedish Institute, and thought, "really, museum cafeteria food?". Well, we were not disappointed. We experienced some of the best bread, celery soup, salmon sandwich ever! And in a light filled (and the architecture of the space - wow, way to capitalize on the Northern light of Minneapolis) space.

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Los Angeles, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Touring the old house is worth the time and money alone, but the museum is so much more. Went with our four grandchildren (4-10 yrs) on a Sunday afternoon family open house. Great crafts for the kids. Lots of history and a real introduction to Swedish traditions and heritage. Cafe serves high quality food for a reasonable price. Good coffee,... More

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Bloomington, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

Very well done! I happened to visit when the exhibits were traditional table settings for Christmas-time. Okay, maybe looking at plates, flatware, and table service pieces aren't everybody's thing...however, the settings were beautiful, informative, and inspiring. This was truly a lovely home at one time and now to share it with the public is quite an endeavour. I would go... More

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Cumberland, Wisconsin
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66 reviews 66 reviews
39 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

My tween son was very interested in touring the mansion, although not so much in reading all the information available. Our favorite part of the house was the incredible stained glass window over the entrance to the solarium. The docents were very knowledgeable and available to answer questions. There wasn't printed information in the house about the owners, so you... More

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Huntington Beach, California
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89 reviews 89 reviews
41 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

We were at the folks after Christmas and this seemed like a great place to visit. The web site said it was open at 10am. We made it by 10:15, and was told that the house does not open until noon. We had checked with the website that morning to verify time, and it had not changed. They told us... More

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