Swedish American Museum is a museum of Swedish American topics and the Swedish emigration to the United States, located in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago.Plan to visit Swedish American Museum and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Chicago attractions using our Chicago day trip planner.
The Swedish American Museum in Chicago was founded by Kurt Mathisson in 1976. It moved to its current location on 5211 North Clark Street in 1987. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden was present at the museum's founding and at its move to its new home. The museum is housed in a 24,000-square-foot (2,200 m2), three-story building and has a collection of approximately 12,000 objects. It is a core member of the Chicago Cultural Alliance, a consortium of 25 ethnic museums and cultural centers in Chicago.
The iconic water tower above the museum was removed on March 20, 2014, after being damaged during the harsh winter.
Swedish American Museum reviews
Andersonville is a delightful neighborhood in north Chicago with a strong Swedish heritage. I've been to Chicago many a times but never to this specific neighborhood. While checking out the cafes... more »
One of the great advantages of living in Chicago is the access to many museums and cultural centers devoted to the history and heritage of minorities and ethnic groups which afford the opportunity to.... more »
A small, but very well put together museum honoring both the Swedish culture, and the journey the Swedes took to the New World. Very educational, and had a great time. Excited to see the remodel this upcoming January!
Saw A Little Night of Nordic Music here. It was amazing! I can't wait to come again next year. The venue is lovely. The performances were breathtaking! You've gotta check it out!
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