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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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12:00 - 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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Very Impressive Stately Home

This "institute" has at least four different distinct areas of type of attraction for visitors. (1) It is an art gallery with some very interesting presentations. (2) There is a... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
JackR46
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Fullerton, Ca, USA
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Fullerton, Ca, USA
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This "institute" has at least four different distinct areas of type of attraction for visitors. (1) It is an art gallery with some very interesting presentations. (2) There is a restaurant of some note on site. (3) The Mansion and grounds are used for many events and weddings. (4) But to me the best part was the Turnblad mansion itself.... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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13 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had never heard of this place, but saw an advertisement for the Syrian refugee photo exhibit. We were pleasantly surprised! We had a great time touring the mansion/museum and listening to the chamber concert--too bad we had already eaten breakfast when we arrived, because the food there looked great. Highly recommend for a 2-hour activity.

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Thank NancyVeverka
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The home is interesting, and it was fun to see the architecture. The back story of a family who barely lived there and didn't tend to entertain was sad. We enjoyed the Fika Restaurant and the gift shop too.

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Thank marcia s
Madison, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The physical location is amazing - even if the back story is a bit odd. However, we were there to visit an art exhibit. The combination of the facility with the art installation was IDEAL. We will be back

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Thank JeffS1961
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting, clean museum environment. Now showing four exhibits about interesting facets of Swedish life and culture.

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Thank Roberto R
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I first visited the American Swedish Institute over 30 years ago. While it was an interesting experience in the 1980s, since then it has become much more lively, and a venue for all sorts of cultural events. Four different organizations were holding events there when I went on a guided tour. The restaurant is reasonably priced and serves authentic Scandinavian... More 

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Thank Prestinna
Chicago suburbs
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

The house defies superlatives- it is that giant and full of woodwork and overall overwhelming in scope. The cafe is beautifully cozy-sized yet open and conducive to quiet conversation or people-watching. Enjoy both- they are unique.

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Thank WalkingLadyJ
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017

The Institute hosts unique and interesting exhibits related to Sweden and the Nordic countries. Housed in a historic mansion, which was tastefully expanded a few years ago, the building also includes a wonderful cafe with real Scandinavian food.

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Thank Babsan2012
Anoka, Minnesota
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Reviewed 16 April 2017

Extravagant mansion, full of surprises. They have three or four main shows a year, all different and related to Scandinavia. The building has numerous alcoves and quirky rooms.

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Fridley, Minnesota, United States
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

A friend was visiting from our of state and we took her to the American Swedish Institute. In addition to their regular exhibits, they had a wonder display for the northern European celebrations of the holidays. The docents were all very helpful and informative. We spoke with three different docents who were very willing to share their experience and interests.... More 

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