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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 #13 of 87 Attractions in Minneapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Cultural
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, Cultural
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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English first
nyc
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60 reviews 60 reviews
29 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The ASI is a historic mansion with a modern twist, the new addition of the Nelson Cultural Center which allows for a modern experience! Parking is ample, and free! The Nelson Cultural Center houses FIKA, a delightful Swedish cafeteria complete with Nordic pastries and unique dishes, and a gift shop,filled with high quality Scandinavian items! Entrance to the Mansion and... More 

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mpls,mn
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

at the Institute is a special time with different rooms decorated in various Scandinavian traditions. To see the architecture and craftsmanship in the building is phenomenal. And to see the rooms and how things were accomplished in that time period is really educational.

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4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The building is very interesting with a variety of architectural features including a great stained glass window. It also has a great gift shop with the best selection of Scandinavian mysteries and FIKA, a great restaurant.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Instead of going shopping, on a snowy morning (8 am) I went to the ASI to see the beautifully decorated rooms for Christmas (free on this special day). Large parking lot close to the entrance, with ice-free sidewalks, being warmly greeted & invited to have coffee & cookies started my visit. For my next visit, I'll take advantage of the... More 

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Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This mansion is so well preserved and cared for. At this time of year it is decorated for Christmas with Scandinavian themed rooms. Well worth a visit. They are open Wednesday nights. Have a great meal at their little café and walk the museum.

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minneapolis, mn
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13 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The Institute is a fine place to eat lunch, with a tasty and authentic Swedish menu. The building itself, however, tends to be rather dreary--think Ingmar Bergman dark--and the collections somewhat pedestrian.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

The mansion is an incredible example of exquisite wood carvings and 11 ceramic and ornate fireplaces. During the holidays, they've really decked out 5 rooms for each of the Scandinavian countries with wonderful art by current artists. Definitely worth the trip and get your name in at the cafe as there can be a long wait list.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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208 attraction reviews
231 helpful votes 231 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

It's been too long since we've been to the ASI and it was even better than we remembered from our previous visits. The Christmas decorations were beautiful and the "house" (if it could be called that) itself is as gorgeous of a mansion as I've seen anywhere in the country. This mansion is just as impressive as Glensheen or the... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Toured ASI with this former family home decorated for Christmas, complete with snow falling outside. Magnificent interior filled with ornate woodwork and furnishings. Great way to spend a snowy day.

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