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“Excellent time to visit and see the mansion decorated for the holidays” 5 of 5 stars
Review of American Swedish Institute

American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407-1090
612-871-4907
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Ranked #18 of 269 things to do in Minneapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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.
twin cities minnesota
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“Excellent time to visit and see the mansion decorated for the holidays”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Ate at Fika was excellent, but they need pagers so people can explore the mansion while waiting for a table. They seemed highly unorganized to handle such a large crowd, but the wait was worth it. The mansion is worth seeing and I was pleasantly surprised at the excellent choices in the gift shop

Visited December 2012
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Sacramento, California
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“Great place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

The Christmas displays (especially Denmark) were fabulous! Will come again. Need to say more for the 50 character minimum - how stupid.

Visited November 2012
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“Svenska Minneapolis”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

Great building, really interesting story and really important context for those who move to Minneapolis from less Scandinavian parts of the country. Tapestry exhibit is fantastic; it will really change how you think about wall weaving.

Visited October 2012
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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“Lots of History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

The Institute is an excellent place to learn this history of the Swedish community in Minnesota and the region. The building that houses it is worth the visit.

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“Go for a tour of the Turnblad Mansion”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

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.

Visited November 2012
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