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“Go for a tour of the Turnblad Mansion”

American Swedish Institute
Ranked #10 of 216 things to do in Minneapolis
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Richmond, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
370 reviews
184 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
“Go for a tour of the Turnblad Mansion”
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
Thank Clemente71
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English first
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great at Christmas”
Reviewed October 3, 2012

Beautiful displays for Christmas from Scandinavian countries. Very neat old building that is fun to explore. Recently opened a new area with a restaurant that I am excited to try.

Visited November 2011
Thank LaraRuss
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Swedish history, arts and gifts”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

The American Swedish Institute offers classes in Swedish, interesting exhibits and a lovely gift shop.

Thank Sandy H
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Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Excellent service, recently remodeled, beautiful place!”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

Visiting the American Swedish Institute was a most pleasant experience. It has recently been remodeled and you can easily see the Sweden of today- quite modern- in the new building, and the Sweden of the past, beautiful and elegant, in the first building which used to be a house. There are wonderful volunteers who are very knowledgeable and pleased to share information with the visitors. And the food and pastries at the cafeteria are amazingly delicious!

Visited July 2012
Thank lichita13
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Vadnais Heights, Minnesota
Level 6 Contributor
233 reviews
145 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“a great place to visit at Christmas”
Reviewed September 23, 2012

We enjoyed our tour of the Swedish Institute. It was beautifully decorated and festive for the holiday season. The house was under construction at the time. I especially loved the heating units in each room.

Visited January 2012
Thank europewithKellynRyan
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