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“Lots of History”

American Swedish Institute
Ranked #10 of 223 things to do in Minneapolis
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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.
Reviewed November 20, 2012

The Institute is an excellent place to learn this history of the Swedish community in Minnesota and the region. The building that houses it is worth the visit.

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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.

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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.

Thank LaraRuss
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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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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!

Thank lichita13
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