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American Swedish Institute

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Address: 2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407-1090
Phone Number: +1 612-871-4907
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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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Great visit over th eholidays!

we visited here during their holiday celebration the first weekend in December. We were in town for a football game and looked for holiday events, and this was a great choice... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

we visited here during their holiday celebration the first weekend in December. We were in town for a football game and looked for holiday events, and this was a great choice! Mansion was beautifully decorated and there were artisans available in their Christmas Market, and great baked goods for sale!

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Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a museum that usually has interesting exhibits with a Swedish theme or artist. The original castle building is wonderful in and of itself and the newish addition shows art beautifully. There is an excellent gift shop and restaurant (FIKA).

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Thank Asher45
San Francisco Bay Area
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum caters to the visitor. Free lockers with a key to store your stuff so you can visit the exhibits without having to carry a bunch of stuff. Very clean restrooms. This was such a great way to spend a cold Sunday afternoon. This time of year, the mansion is decorated for Christmas and each one is so well... More 

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Anoka, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Every year the rooms are decorated for Christmas in themes from each of the Scandinavian countries. Each room is so special with a video explaining the decor. Do not miss this event. It is a good family or couples activity. Stop for a bite to eat at FICA and shop in the museum store. Skol!

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Bloomington, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I enjoyed the experience of a glimpse into the early 20th century life of a wealthy family of three dedicated to itself. That being said, the Institute is now a lovely place dedicated to the immigrant experience and the culture they brought from Sweden - as well as the lives of other northernmost Europeans. I especially enjoyed the large painted... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The institute is amazing, but FIKA rocks! The food... OMG... It is DIVINE!!! The wife and I got a sampler of dishes, and everything was fabulous! The brussel sprouts... I am married to a sprout hater. She not only ate them, but ordered a second helping =]

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rye, colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My daughter, granddaughter and I visited on a trip in September. The mansion is outstanding with the most amazing Swedish tiles stoves (don't miss the basement). There was an outstanding kids area on the third floor which allowed us to split time with the three year old and also have adult time to explore the house. There is a huge... More 

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Edina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is beautiful, historic mansion was decorated for the Christmas holidays. The home has beautiful wood carvings, tiled stoves called Kakelugnar, magnificent ceilings, and the stained glass window above the staircase. Our docent, Jerry S., was both knowledgeable and had many interesting stories about the house and artifacts. To complete your experience make sure you have lunch at their restaurant,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's hard to put into words my experience because I was just so in aw the whole time touring the castle. every room is more and more beautiful. The detail, time, energy and heart that went into this house just mind boggles me. I felt the history of this 100 something year old diamond. Honestly some rooms brought tears to... More 

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

I visited in August 2016 while visiting family in Minneapolis. I come from a Swedish family, and we all loved visiting the institute and the mansion. The museum was well curated and the mansion is a personal favorite of mine, as far as historic American house tours go. It might not be the best place for families with small children,... More 

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