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“Absolutely Gorgeous”

American Swedish Institute
Ranked #10 of 227 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 May 7, 2013

The American Swedish Institute is a must-see institution in Minneapolis. A Swedish immigrant family-- the Turnblads--had their mansion constructed in 1908 and in 1929, they decided to donate it to the city. In 2012, they finished construction of the Nelson Cultural Center. The mansion is now an amazing cultural museum where you can experience the sheer beauty of the rooms as well as learn about Scandinavian history. The detailed woodworking is so absolutely breathtaking, I didn't ever want to leave... I wanted to move in! They also have a wonderful gift shop, a beautiful courtyard and the FIKA cafe which serves incredible food.

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Reviewed April 24, 2013

his fascinating house - castle - is a marvel. Rich history of not only Swedish heritage but also of "Minneapolis" heritage. Much of this home incorporates the finest elements to be purchased at that time. The intricate hand carved woodwork throughout the home is a marvel.

There are extended hours beyond the "museum" for the shop and restaurant, both new withint the las see their website for latest information.

The Turnblad mansion is something to be considered. The handcarved details throughout the home are unbelievable. While this museum can be covered in just a couple of hours, a long, leisurely afternoon with a stop in the attached restuarant would be better.

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Reviewed April 22, 2013

The main part of the museum was once the home of a well healed businessman and his family. The detailing of the woodwork throughout the building is truly outstanding. Other architectural details inside and out and furnishings show craftsmanship at its best. The museum had two special exhibits when we visited and both were interesting on different levels. The birch plaques for their simplicity and hominess and the feature on the Sami people who live in northern Scandanavia for its focus upon a little known culture. Samis heard reindeer and utilize every cell of the animal. Another fact about them I will always remember is that they have never had a war and do not even have a word for war in their languages.
We had just eaten before going to the museum, but it looks like a great place to sit and have coffee and freshly baked pastries or an obscure imported beer and a snack.
Seniors, students and kids are discounted off the $7 admission.

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Reviewed April 21, 2013

You don't have to be Swedish to enjoy this wonderful place!--plan on spending several hours and you won't want to leave

Thank Michael R
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

Great architectural features - thin Cinderell's Castle. Likelike the newly remoddled spaces, especailly the casual, affordable and award winning restaurnt

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