Swedish American Museum, Chicago

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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.

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.
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  • It is a small museum packed with both sides of the history. The first floor is a gift shop and the reminders of the old pre-world war 2 puppet theater. Very cool. The second floor is the heritage...  more »
  • This museum is small, but incredibly interesting if you enjoy exploring the immigrant experience in a large city. Swedish immigrants (including my own) settled in the Clark Street area of Chicago...  more »
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  • 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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