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Swedish American Museum

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Preserving Chicago's Swedish-American heritage

Kurt Mathisson, a Swedish immigrant who was one of the leaders of the Andersonville community... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Taylor B
Chicago, Illinois
terrific little museum, especially for children

okay, so this museum is very well done and interesting, but the piece de resistance is the top... read more

Reviewed August 21, 2018
kirsten c
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The Swedish American Museum Association (SAMAC) is committed to being a unifying force in the promotion of Swedish-American heritage and ethnic pride. SAMAC's primary purpose is to develop and maintain a permanent museum center that houses...more
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Kurt Mathisson, a Swedish immigrant who was one of the leaders of the Andersonville community, founded the Swedish American Museum in Chicago in 1976 to preserve Chicago's Swedish-American heritage. Its mission is to interpret the immigrant experience for children and adults and promote an appreciation...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Taylor B
Reviewed August 21, 2018 via mobile

okay, so this museum is very well done and interesting, but the piece de resistance is the top floor kids' history play area. it's GREAT! my 3-year-old loved it, and i was super impressed. the second floor history area was very pretty, very dense with...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed August 14, 2018 via mobile

Living on a shoestring budget, we were delighted to learn that this museum was Free on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. We marked our calendar and went. It's a sweet little museum that actually contains a lot of history and treasure for it's size....More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 15, 2018

Very nice museum related to the history and culture of the area/region. Well laid out, plenty of room for the displays and dioramas. The staff was friendly. Didn't seem to know much about the other Swedish enclaves in the Midwest, though. Parking is a nightmare,...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed July 13, 2018

This museum tells the story of Swedish immigrants to the Chicagoland area. It has something for people of all ages. The top floor is a children’s area on the immigrant experience with lots to of interactive opportunities. Beautiful gift Shop Too!

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed June 25, 2018

Family visit and I cannot recommend this museum highly enough. Regardless of your ethnic background, this place is a valuable experience for anyone.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank David W
Reviewed June 2, 2018

I was advised to visit by my Swedish colleagues, and did enjoy the museum. I didn't go to the kid's floor, but the ground floor had a good exhibition about comic strips and how they've changed, and the other main floor had a permanent exhibit...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed March 26, 2018 via mobile

$6 to visit a tiny museum. One floor is fir kids. The ground floor for exhibits, currently one on comic strips. The second floor has an exhibit about immigration to the US. With Chicago having been the second city after Stockholm with the most Swedes...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Poleinahole
Reviewed December 26, 2017 via mobile

Amazing interactive museum for kids. Def check out the top floor (it’s the only floor we’ve ever been to). My 3 year loves it. Appreciate for a 2 year old all the way up to probably 11 or 12.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank julieari
Reviewed October 2, 2017

Given the number of Swedes living in Chicago, the museum is surprisingly contentless. It has a permanent exhibit showing the journey that Swedes took to America during the largest periods of migration.Whether you are Swedish or not this is a OK way to spend $6.

Date of experience: September 2017
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