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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 - 5:00 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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This was the most interesting tour with a very knowledgeable tour guide. Skip the James J. Hill house and go here instead! The restaurant has been getting rave reviews, but... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
UncleJoni
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Alexandria, MN
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Alexandria, MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was the most interesting tour with a very knowledgeable tour guide. Skip the James J. Hill house and go here instead! The restaurant has been getting rave reviews, but three of us didn't care for it. Possibly too Scandinavian, but we're all Swedes so...?

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you go to this grand old mansion, don't miss lunch at Fika. They serve wonderful Scandinavian cuisine (not lutefisk...). Also, they have very interesting exhibits and a great gift shop. During the Christmas season, the house is beautifully decorated; be sure to book early for the special events.

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Thank lucinhalle
Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really liked the restaurant with good Swedish meatballs and bread. The house was interesting to visit and picked up some helpful information from one of docents. Liked the solarium. Had quilts displayed when we went which I didnt find very interesting.

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Thank Jagurundi
Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The institute is in an incredible mansion with original furnishings. This palatial home is one you must visit. Full of history and just an incredible home.

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Thank Bob E
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The quilt exhibit was fascinating and showed amazing skills. The Cafe (Fika) is beautiful with modern Swedish decor. The food is fantastic and reasonable.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is the best lunch I have ever had in a restaurant, which was completely unexpected coming from a museum cafe. Indeed, I would have never even thought to have lunch here if it weren't for all the hype surrounding this place: "Best lunch in Minnesota," Minnesota Museum Cafe Sets National Standard," etc. All the dishes were beautifully executed. The... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016

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 August 23, 2016

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 August 23, 2016

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 August 20, 2016

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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