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American Swedish Institute

2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407-1090
+1 612-871-4907
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Enjoyable day wandering around the Turnblad mansion aka the American Swedish Intitute

The American Swedish Institute is an absolute treasure. Located in Minneapolis, the ASI is a... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Swedish Institute Minneapolis MN

Though I’d been there before my friend had not. Also hadn’t been with holiday decorations. The tour... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Patrick G
Bloomington, 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.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good29%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407-1090
+1 612-871-4907
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The American Swedish Institute is an absolute treasure. Located in Minneapolis, the ASI is a gorgeous mansion built in the early 1900's by the Turnblads. Swan Turnblad was a Swedish immigrant who made his fortune publishing a Swedish newspaper. The mansion and grounds are well...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Though I’d been there before my friend had not. Also hadn’t been with holiday decorations. The tour guides were knowledgeable, the countries represented were interesting. Lunch has a novel menu and very good. We stopped to eat 2/3 if the way through tour just to...More

Thank Patrick G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting tour of the mansion. Amazing gift shop. Didn't have enough time to visit the entire institute. Lovely design.

Thank kandofrank
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The building is very ornate and large. They happened to have the Christmas exhibit when I was there which featured many different Scandinavian countries Christmas experience in various wings of the home. On the main level before you enter the home is a very cool...More

Thank mnguru1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The mansion is all decorated for Christmas (Jul) with rooms designated by country - Sweden, Finland, Iceland, etc. The house itself is a work of art, and makes you wonder what life was like years ago. Wonderful gift shop with holiday specialities. There's a small...More

Thank yogajudi
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A renovated mansion that houses a nice collection of swedish art and artifacts. Nice adjoining gallery and conference space. Totally worth it to get a tour of the house and learn its history.

Thank jscopper
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A cultural experience and epicurean food. The Gift Shop is a feast by itself. Staff is very knowledgeable and warm. It has events facilities. The new Pavilion is a cultural experience between old and new! Occasional exhibits are very interesting. In summer, there are few...More

Thank ManiH5
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited with friends and family around Christmas 2016. It had been awhile since I was here and they've really done a lot of improvements. The cafe was a great place to relax and chat. I discovered a photographs and a display of the Swedish Hospital...More

Thank Gail D
Reviewed 22 October 2017

The American Swedish Institute has broaden its scope from a focus on Scandinavian culture to a very inclusive approach of sharing learning experiences among all people. there is a great gift shop, art on display, a wonderful place to enjoy Scandinavian food. But the best...More

Thank Richard S
Reviewed 13 October 2017

The Turnblad mansion was a highlight of our time as tourists in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Every room has intricately carved wood and beautiful Swedish tile stoves or fireplaces. The shear scale of the place is impressive. There are docents there to answer any questions and they...More

Thank Don. T
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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.
16 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