American Swedish Institute

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Explore the castle-like Turnblad Mansion and its lavish artwork and furniture; see the Hagstrom guitar exhibit which opens June 20

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American Swedish Institute

Who would build a castle in Minneapolis? In 1908, the Turnblads did just that on Park Avenue. The Swedish immigrant family constructed a mansion complete with detailed woodcarvings done by hand-selected artists and a barn/carriage house where the family housed some early automobiles and one horse that was starting to get really insecure about his job security. But the king and queen of this castle were benevolent. Just 21 years after the mansion's construction, the Turnblads gave over the house keys to the community for the organization that would become American Swedish Institute.

Today, the mansion and its grounds still stand as a tribute to Swedish and Nordic culture—both past and present. Guides lead tours into the historic home as well as through the more contemporary Nelson Cultural Center. Its 34,000 square feet includes a modern art gallery featuring rotating exhibits that showcase photographs, paintings, and other works of art from Sweden and her Nordic neighbors.

The American Swedish Institute also regularly hosts performing-arts presentations and educational programs, including Swedish language classes for all levels. But to truly get a taste of authentic Swedish culture, all one really needs to do is take a bite of the seasonal Nordic-inspired cuisine at Fika, the onsite cafe praised by such publications as the New York Times.

Other places to explore include a Museum shop with Nordic goods as well as a reading room filled with books from Swedish and Swedish American authors.

Customer Reviews

427 Ratings

Around Christmas it is well worth visiting. Beautiful decorations from the Scandinavian Countries. Has a nice size parking lot. Otherwise parking on the street isn't bad during the day hours.
Margaret H. · January 22, 2016
Parking is available Very interesting throughout and I very much enjoyed the Christmas fair
Barbara M. · December 13, 2015
You get to tour the beautiful old mansion and learn about local Swedish history
Sally F. · December 3, 2015
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