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American Swedish Institute

Closed Now: 12:00 - 17:00
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Beautiful mansion, delicious lunch

We toured the mansion in the morning and had a delicious lunch afterwards. Very beautiful house... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Sue F
Duluth, Minnesota
Swedish heritage with fun

A great day to be had at the Swedish Institute. Seasonal displays, artwork, the building itself... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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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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2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407-1090
+1 612-871-4907
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We toured the mansion in the morning and had a delicious lunch afterwards. Very beautiful house, staffed by volunteers who know many stories about the house, the family that built it, and the area. Interesting menu at the small cafe. Really enjoyed the meatballs!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Sue F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great day to be had at the Swedish Institute. Seasonal displays, artwork, the building itself being interesting. There is also the Fika cafe for lunch and afternoon fika. They also have study classes and special events like Santa Lucia day

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank zylig
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place was unreal. The teens marveled over the solarium, the architecture and the little tidbits of how the Turnblatt's lived. It gave the girls a glimpse into a bygone era of fine homes. The fact that it is till there and not torn down...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Ary2002
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I return often, also enjoying the shop and the cafe! Both the old and the new parts of the museum are exciting!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Sieglinde G
Reviewed 12 February 2019

If you love incredible old mansions you will love this. It's also filled with incredible exhibits of art so you get double your value. Come see this instant millionaire built...no expenses spared mansion WHERE THE OWNERS NEVER FELT COMFORTABLE LIVING THERE AND MOVED OUT. Awesome...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 11 February 2019

We were on a research trip and headed to the American Swedish Institute where we had an appointment to be toured around and gather info for the paper we had to write. The interior is really nice and historic and it is interesting to learn...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank thomasozbun
Reviewed 10 February 2019 via mobile

We visited on a cold & snowy February afternoon and had an awesome visit. 33 room mansion with incredibly ornate decor, tons of detailed woodwork and unique architecture. Beautiful paintings and a wonderful history review of the Swedish influence in The Minneapolis area. Be sure...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Steve B
Reviewed 30 January 2019 via mobile

Went for the winter solstice celebration. They had reindeer and fires in the courtyard, the mansion was decorated lovely, and some nice gifts in the shop!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank stephsk8s
Reviewed 6 January 2019

The ASI continues to improve. Exhibitions in the past few years have been wonderful, the restaurant is a gem, and it's always fun to check out the gift shop.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank superiorflowers
Reviewed 2 January 2019 via mobile

This building has amazing furniture and decorations. It was nice touring the place for a few hours and appreciating all the art and architecture. There is a student discount.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Kate G
12 January 2017|
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Response from DwightRaatz | Reviewed this property |
As you've seen, the Christmas display is no longer there. The current exhibit is "Where the Children Sleep - Photographs by Magnus Wennman" and it looks amazing.
15 December 2015|
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Response from Deb H | Reviewed this property |
I don't know the answer to that one. I'm sure their website could tell you, or just give them a call.
24 December 2014|
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Response from Ron C | Reviewed this property |
The ASI is a museum and gathering place for various Scandinavian organizations