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The American Swedish Institute (ASI) is a museum and cultural center in the Phillips West neighborhood of Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. The organization is dedicated to the preservation and study of the historic role Sweden and Swedish Americans have played in US culture and history. The museum complex includes the Swan Turnblad Mansion, completed in 1908, and the adjoining Nelson Cultural Center, completed in 2012.With our world travel planner, Minneapolis attractions like American Swedish Institute can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
Today, ASI serves as a gathering place for all people to share experiences around themes of culture, migration, the environment and the arts, informed by enduring links to Sweden. The museum offers exhibitions from Sweden and the Nordic region, programming for youth and family, and in recent years, has expanded its performing arts offerings. The museum's restaurant, FIKA, was named "Best Lunch In Minnesota" by the Star Tribune in 2013 for its New Nordic cuisine.
American Swedish Institute reviews
We got there the last weekend of their Christmas decorations. Grand old house and always worth the visit.
We got there the last weekend of their Christmas decorations. Grand old house and always worth the visit. more »
We stopped in to see the holiday decorations. They had the most beautiful porcelain fireplaces !! Lots of nice holiday touches.
We stopped in to see the holiday decorations. They had the most beautiful porcelain fireplaces !! Lots of nice holiday touches. more »
A superb place to visit for both Swedes & others alike! I'm only 8% Swedish, but was eager to look through all the artifacts. The mansion was decorated for Christmas 🎄 It was magical! The best piece of art, for me, was the stained glass knights. There was an incredible display of Scandinavian holiday table decorations for Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Sami and Hmong. Great gift shop, too!
An unexpected and pleasant gem in Minneapolis! I don’t know how the mansion is decorated the rest of the year, but they did a great job for the holidays. There are quite a few rooms to explore, so give it a fair amount of time! We also stopped by the gift shop - which is a bit overpriced- and the café, which was good! The menu is small and simple, but the food is delicious! The service was a bit slow, and the servers seemed confused which table was which, but we all enjoyed the lunch we had and would recommend it to others.
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