Swedish American Museum, Chicago

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#22 of 42 in Museums in Chicago
The Swedish American Museum is a nonprofit museum and cultural center for the education, celebration and interpretation of Swedish American history and culture in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
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  • Amazing interactive museum for kids. Def check out the top floor (it’s the only floor we’ve ever been to). My 3 year loves it. Appreciate for a 2 year old all the way up to probably 11 or 12.  more »
  • I was surprised to learn about this museum in Andersonville, the “Little Sweden” of Chicago. Visited to learn about the immigration history.  more »
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  • Excellent place to bring the kids to learn about sweedish culture and have fun. They can sail on the boat, farm in the fields or visit the moon. Everything swedish and everything fun. Plus they've got a parking lot.
  • Pretty unique. The mannequins upstairs are great!
  • The children’s museum on the third floor is a hidden gem. Never too crowded and my toddler loves exploring all of the different areas/activities.
  • Located in a busy Andersonville neighborhood, this small museum is surrounded by small retail shops, eateries, and bars! I've always passed this establishment up partly due to all the meter parking vs free parking in the area. I was told this museum has its own lot and have to register the car in the front desk. Well if it's free, it's for me I always say! Upon entry, the museum store is to the left and pay admission fee. We passed up in buying trinkets, makes sure you check out the Christmas clearance rack, dalas, peppi longstockings, and chocolates! The 2rd floor is the exhibits section. I love the replica Viking ships, and the life like mannequins. Too dark and creepy for my 4 year old, she believes these were real! I also love the religious section that has the wedding crowns. The 3rd floor is a interactive part of museum, better known as Brink Children's Museum of Immigration, where we spent the most time. My daughter opted out wearing the old fashioned Swedish costume for her pretend play. The props I found cute were water pump, washboard, cream separator, fishing poles with magnetic fishes, gardens, and Dala horse! The 3rd floor is divided into 5 sections: 1.) Swedish farm 2.) Ticket booth to a steamship 3.) Viking ship 4.) Inside a Apollo 11 space mission. Wait, what?!?! I thought the space mission section was pretty random until I found out that the 2nd person to set foot on the moon (Buzz Aldrin) is the grandchild of Swedish-American immigrants. I applaud if you read this far of my review: Other random facts about Buzz Aldrin: he was the first to urinate on the moon and the first to perform communion on the moon-at least according to the Swedish American Museum brochure.
  • The Children's Museum of immigration on the third floor is an amazing Play Place Hands On Learning Experience.

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