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“Beautiful woodwork”

American Swedish Institute
Ranked #13 of 233 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.
Reviewed January 26, 2013 via mobile

This was a pleasant diversion, went when it was dressed up for Christmas which was nice. Some rooms were very lacking in decor which seemed a bit odd. The woodwork throughout the home is jaw-dropping and worth the trip alone.

Thank MrandMrs_KH
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

Unbelievable presentations about earlier times of the earliest Swedish with phenominal work ethic. Did more work and home
art crafts than we can now imagine in one day, everyday.
Red hands, faith and empire building. Gotta see it. Ludifisk ?

Thank HeyJerry2011
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

The American Swedish Institute is a great experience for those visiting the Twin Cities or if you lived there all your life. The new visitor center and entrance provides a stunning gateway to the historic mansion.

The woodwork and tile fireplaces are the unique features to the mansion and another highlight were the holiday decorations set up during our recent visit that highlighted the many Scandanavian customs and traditions. Yes, a wonderful place to visit.

Thank Toobs1
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Reviewed January 8, 2013

The American Swedish Institute recently expanded and has stepped into the limelight with coverage by national media including no less than The New York Times. Interestingly, the best thing about the Institute right now (from a non-Scandinavian's perspective) is the surprisingly good cafe, Fika.

Fika's modern take on Scandinavian classics (like open face sandwiches) has become such a phenomenon on its own that they needed to shift from a regular cafeteria to a seated dining experience. This is worth the trip on it's own.

The actual Institute is housed in a stately mansion built by the owner/publisher of a historic Swedish-language newspaper in the Twin Cities. The owner believed in showing off Swedish decor so the house is handsomely appointed and well kept. Some rooms also house handicrafts from each Scandinavian nation. It isn't mind-blowing stuff, but it's cute and well presented--definitely the most "high-culture Scandinavian" thing you can do in a city with a reputation for that history.

Above average with a very good restaurant.

Thank BobakLives
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Reviewed December 19, 2012

The house was decorated beautifully for Christmas. This was my first visit and I was impressed with the huge, beautiful stained glass window and the solarium. Too bad they built that attached monstrosity next to it.

We were with a group and that made if difficult to get around as there were so many others visiting as well. Families with huge strollers were pushing them through as well.

As usual when visiting these sumptuous mansions I wonder about the egos of the original builders and their needs to show off to establish ones importance.

This place was the one museum that we were unable to get to during the libraries free museum offerings. I regret that as the $15 fee is quite high but I suppose they need to pay for the upgrade.

Thank cecilia
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