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“The castle museum with its new new wing bridges 3 centuries!”

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, United States
Level 6 Contributor
98 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“The castle museum with its new new wing bridges 3 centuries!”
Reviewed April 13, 2014 via mobile

This inviting vital spacious museum is fresh and vital with lots of natural light outdoor spaces and a fine, informal restaurant with great thematic menu. Excellent Nordic influenced baked goods. Look for exhibitions by Scandinavian artists, special events, and uniquely designed items in the delightful gift shop.

Visited April 2014
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English first
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Engrossing, well-designed”
Reviewed March 12, 2014

Spent a very enjoyable afternoon here with relatives. There are many aspects to explore: the architecture of the building itself, MN history, especially as influenced by Nordic culture, the Turnblads, who owned the mansion and the many incredible artifacts and art presented. Especilly notable are the elaborate tile stoves and the glasswork. They also have a pleasant cafe and store.

Visited June 2013
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Wisconsin
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Beautiful well-maintained window into history!”
Reviewed March 11, 2014

My husband and I took a very cold but nice walk from downtown to the museum. Warmed up in the cafe and we were lucky enough to get there just as lunch was starting. Upon finishing our tour we were very glad to have eaten first; the crowd and wait were unbelievable for a museum cafe! The food was flavorful and creative, would go back for the food in a heartbeat.
Museum is small for a museum but is the perfect size for the amount of history it contains. We wanted to consume it all because of its uniqueness and we were able to do so. I appreciate that there are no "do not touch" signs everywhere, just where it is really needed.



Visited March 2014
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Sydney, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
1,362 reviews
676 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 505 helpful votes
“Discover the culture on which Minnesota was built”
Reviewed March 6, 2014

The brand new building sits beautifully alongside the original chateau.

Tour both and marvel at the silly money the founders had!

The temporary exhibit was good and the art installations only highlighted the building's beauty.

Stop at Fika for a meal (fika means coffee & chat to Swedes).

Visited September 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Swedish museum in Minneapolis”
Reviewed February 28, 2014

I loved this small museum which was once a very elegant residence. There is a full restaurant with traditional Swedish food which was excellent. The gift shop has some unique items from Sweden. I still use the sponges that I bought from this shop. The museum is in a residential neighborhood outside of the downtown area. It can be reached by city bus. Be prepared to wait for the bus for maybe 20 min.

Visited August 2013
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