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American Swedish Institute

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Address: 2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407-1090
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+1 612-871-4907
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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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Great museum

I visited with my young nieces. They had a great time comparing the mansion to their home and visiting the top floors display where they could play a bit. The Swedish Institute... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Kristi W
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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76 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I visited with my young nieces. They had a great time comparing the mansion to their home and visiting the top floors display where they could play a bit. The Swedish Institute is a great first step to introduce kids to museums.

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Thank Kristi W
Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A great opportunity to look back in time and to explore artifacts related to my Swedish heritage. The architecture is beautiful, showing pride in workmanship of the artisans who built it. I wanted to visit the Swedish Institute for years. I will not wait so long before I return. Comfortable shoes are a must.

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Thank dollyspats
Chennai (Madras), India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is an fascinating place which takes you back in time and exposes you to Swedish culture. The Christmas time theme decorations featuring countries like Denmark, Norway etc was fascinating. The glass paintings and the fire places are quite unique and very colourful

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Thank jasjas867
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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69 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a unique, fascinating museum of Swedish culture, art and artifacts. A must see on a visit to the Twin Cities

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Thank Rob B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This elaborate, early 20th century mansion is a look back to what money could buy in the early 1900s. Extensive, intricate, naturally-toned woodwork throughout, turrets, a solarium and more give a peek to a lavish lifestyle. Massive ceramic heaters with fine painted designs dominate many hallways. It would be nice to see more of the furnishings of the period; the... More 

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Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A friend and I visited the Swedish Institute in December and had a late lunch at the restaurant. It was crowded, but we expected that. Beautiful tour and really inspiring to get you in the holiday spirit.

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Mpls, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited the mansion on a weekend when a preview of a beginning Swedish language class was given. We were able to pick up a few words to use when we visited Sweden later that year.

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Thank Janice B
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

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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Thank mckay19
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

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 27 December 2016

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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