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American Swedish Institute

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Address: 2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407-1090
Phone Number: 612-871-4907
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12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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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
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Founded in 1929 by Swan J. Turnblad, this castle serves as a combination...

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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Wednesday Mystery Wine Happy Hour!

On Wednesday afternoons/evenings, the ASI hosts a lovely happy hour. You can pick a "mystery" glass of red or white wine for $5. They also have great deals on cocktails and beer... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

On Wednesday afternoons/evenings, the ASI hosts a lovely happy hour. You can pick a "mystery" glass of red or white wine for $5. They also have great deals on cocktails and beer. And you can learn to SKOL a toast of Aquavit at 6pm in traditional Swedish fashion! They have great happy hour snacks and other specials. The patio is... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, Usa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The museum is interesting, but the mansion is worth visiting. grestvhistory of a family who built this mansion, but never really lived there!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My daughters and I took an afternoon to visit the Swedish Institute and were so surprised at the beauty in the Turnblad mansion. Hidden gems around every corner. It is really worth the visit if you want to learn more about the Swedish heritage.

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Stacy, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I was here ages ago and it is much improved. The "castle" is well maintained and less cluttered now that they have a separate building for the restaurant and gift shop. The architecture is beautiful and all the carvings. Very good craftsmanship. Presently there is an exhibit of quilts which my wife really enjoyed. The quilts up on the 3rd... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Really friendly staff both in gift store, restaurant, and on tour. Got there early for the tour and enjoyed Swedish cuisine and a flight of craft aquavit. The tour lasted over 1 hour but people were free to leave at any time if it was too long. Although it was a lot of standing there were places where you could... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I've visited a few times, most recently for an art exhibition. Each time I enjoy it immensely and see something I hadn't noticed before. The food at Fika was excellent as was the service.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The mansion is beyond description beautiful. The fireplaces, ceilings, and woodwork are stunning. It is like a visit to a chateau right in Minneapolis. There was an interesting quilt exhibit and demonstration going on during our visit. It was really lovely, as well.

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Brooklyn Center, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The woodwork is fabulous. Such craftsmanship! The quilt exhibit was an unexpected and pleasant surprise. So enjoy the beauty of the many tile fireplaces.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So beautiful! The interior is paneled with hand carved Cheery wood. The majestic staircases are hand carved as well. The former family home is decorated in original period furniture and wall coverings. The Swedish Institute is the GO PLACE I take my house guests!!!!

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After having a few mishaps in the café, they made good. The building and exhibits are awesome if you have a Swedish connection.

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