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American Swedish Institute

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Address: 2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407-1090
Phone Number:
+1 612-871-4907
Today
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Tue 12:00 - 17:00
Wed 12:00 - 20:00
Thu - Fri 12:00 - 17:00
Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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Founded in 1929 by Swan J. Turnblad, this castle serves as a combination...

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.

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Lovely lately home

I highly recommend going to see the home and its furnishings. We saw a painting show there which added to the experience. Their dining room has unexpectedly good food.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
mckay19
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I highly recommend going to see the home and its furnishings. We saw a painting show there which added to the experience. Their dining room has unexpectedly good food.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Being part Swede and all American, I really enjoyed the time here! The architecture of the Turnblad mansion is simply amazing. The details in every corner are mesmerizing and you could spend you whole time just looking for all the hidden treasures of the house. The displays are very well done in giving you a small dose culture in not... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely decorations and people. This was a family trip and we had so much fun with looking at all the decorations in the different rooms. It has something for everyone and great food.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been coming here for years and this year was no exception. We loved the theme of lights this year and the variety of room decorations were beyond the usual table settings and Christmas trees. Especially loved the Foxfire exhibit of Finnland. Good job creators!

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Thank Holli R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The changing exhibits are always worth a return visit. Plus the historic mansion of itself is fascinating (and beautifully preserved). And while you're there, the gift shop is nice and the Fika restaurant is a destination in itself!

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Thank Brian M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My 5-year old absolutely adores this museum. It offers quaint locations for kiddos to play that change with the season, while adults can walk through this mansion of the era. She and I have been to it several times and it is worth the membership. The museum gives a nice historical snapshot of the immigration and wealth back in the... More 

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Thank Carolina R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

Cocktails at the Castle was a really fun event. There were multiple activities, so you wouldn't get bored, great drinks and food.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

Beautiful mansion with never disappointing art exhibitions!! Spend a saturday morning here and take a walk through the scandinavian mansion, notice the 11 beautiful porcelain tile stoves that are spread through out the house. End your day with a stop by the gift store and enjoy a coffee in their restaurant!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

we visited here during their holiday celebration the first weekend in December. We were in town for a football game and looked for holiday events, and this was a great choice! Mansion was beautifully decorated and there were artisans available in their Christmas Market, and great baked goods for sale!

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Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

This is a museum that usually has interesting exhibits with a Swedish theme or artist. The original castle building is wonderful in and of itself and the newish addition shows art beautifully. There is an excellent gift shop and restaurant (FIKA).

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