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American Swedish Institute
Who knew that Minneapolis’ has a charming historic castle right on Park Avenue? In 1908, Swedish immigrant and newspaper publisher Swan Turnblad constructed a lavish 33-room mansion, complete with rich mahogany woodcarvings by hand-selected artists, imported Swedish porcelain stoves and a stunning stained glass window. In 1929, the Turnblads gave the keys to the castle to the community and laid the groundwork for the museum and cultural center that is now the American Swedish Institute.
Today, the mansion, its grounds and the contemporary Nelson Cultural Center, built in 2012, welcome visitors 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. Guides lead regular tours of the historic home and world-class rotating exhibits in the mansion as well as in a modern art gallery, showcasing photographs, paintings and other works of art from Sweden and her Nordic neighbours.
The American Swedish Institute regularly hosts Cocktails at the Castle parties and other performing arts events including an annual Midsommar festival and the famous decorated Jul/holiday rooms. Nordic Table workshops, a family play gallery and educational programs, including Swedish language classes for all levels, offer opportunities for further discovery. To truly get a taste of Swedish culture, take a bite of the seasonal Nordic-inspired cuisine at Fika, the award-winning onsite cafe praised by the New York Times and others. A visit also includes a must-stop at The ASI Museum Store filled with a finely curated selection of goods by Nordic designers, quality Swedish glassware and foot-ware, books, as well as jewelry and textiles by local artists.