The Swedish Institute looks like it focuses a lot of their time on cultural activities and presentations. We went there specifically to visit the Turnblad Mansion-the home of a Swedish-American business magnate who then became the benefactor for the institute. The house itself is grand with numerous items that the family purchased from Sweden as part of maintaining in contact with their roots. The Visby glass-you will know what I am talking about if you visit-is remarkable and the woodwork in the interior is awe inspiring. The home was built in 1908 and is described as being "French Chateauesque." The guides are friendly and helpful. It was a little surprising that they had several rooms disrupted with work in progress. As a former museum employee this type of work is typically done after hours or one room at a time. However, everyone was incredibly friendly and seemed to really enjoy their jobs. An impressive site that is useful to understanding the history of Minneapolis. I would go here first and then visit the Mill City Museum. This was a definite bargain at 7 dollars per person. Parking is free and usually spaces available at the Museum itself. It was not too crowded and I was able to spend as much time as needed in each room in order to fully take it all in. However, I am told that they get extremely busy during the Christmas holiday season as that is what all the work was for that was going on while I was there.
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