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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 #18 of 267 things to do 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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English first
New York City, New York
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

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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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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27 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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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83 reviews 83 reviews
11 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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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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8 attraction reviews
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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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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