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“Great museum with an excellent new addition”

American Swedish Institute
Ranked #10 of 213 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.
New York City, New York
Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great museum with an excellent new addition”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

The new addition (new last year I believe) makes the space more user friendly and brings an excellent new restaurant (Fika) to the area.

Visited May 2013
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  • English first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 6 Contributor
108 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“A beautiful historic place”
Reviewed May 23, 2013

Don't miss The American Swedish Institute when visiting Minneapolis or if you've never been there and live here! It's simply an amazing walk through if you appreciate old world architecture, stained glass and woodwork that will knock your socks off! A beautiful wedding venue. Great little eatery and Swedish gift shop. Wonderful volunteers and staff that tell the rest of the story. Christmas is fabulous and a regular holiday tradition now! Enjoy!

Visited May 2013
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Eagan, Minnesota
Level 6 Contributor
114 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Lovely Mansion - beautiful tile stoves!”
Reviewed May 8, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I spent a couple hours touring the mansion and exhibits while our daughter took one of ASI's kid art classes. She really enjoyed the class and we enjoyed the ASI. The mansion was fun to see, the tile stoves are beautiful!! The exhibit on the Sami people was well done. The birchbark plaque exhibit was a bit of good humor. We didn't eat it the cafe given a lack of vegetarian options, but it looked like a nice experience.

Visited May 2013
Thank MickDidi
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Absolutely Gorgeous”
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.

Visited May 2013
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Level 6 Contributor
141 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“A thoughtful experience”
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.

Visited April 2013
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