Swedish American Museum


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Three stories of exhibits explore the struggles and triumphs of Chicago's Swedish immigrants, including through hands-on kids' activities

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  • $4 for two adult admissions ($8 value)
  • $5 for one family admission ($10 value)
  • $8 for four adult admissions ($16 value)

Family admission includes admission for all of the adults and children in a single family. Children younger than 12 months are admitted for free. Click here for more visitor information.

Swedish American Museum

A Swedish immigrant himself, Kurt Mathiasson took it upon himself to found an institution that would preserve the legacy of the Swedish-American experience within Chicago. The Andersonville-neighborhood leader opened the original Swedish American Museum in a storefront log cabin in 1976, receiving the blessing of His Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden, who personally attended the ceremonies. Just over one decade later, the museum moved to its present Clark Street location, giving it both the space and the means to continue its mission of celebrating Swedish heritage and the experiences of Chicago's Swedish immigrants.

The three-story museum's permanent collection boasts roughly 12,000 artifacts. These historical pieces include original passports and steamship tickets, household items that immigrants brought to the New World, and various folk crafts. Within the museum's permanent exhibits, these artifacts provide visitors with valuable insight into the struggles and triumphs of Swedish immigrants as they established a new, vibrant community within Chicago.

Beyond the permanent exhibit, the institution also features the Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration, which provides youngsters of all ages with hands-on opportunities to experience life in a replica of a Swedish farmhouse. Youths collect firewood, learn to milk a cow, and connect to the internet using a crank-powered modem. From there, children can board a 20-foot model of a steamship, which mimics the journey across the Atlantic and then teaches passengers about the log-cabin lifestyles of America's frontier settlers. The Swedish American Museum's Nordic Family Genealogy Center provides yet another service for interested visitors, giving them the opportunity to research their families' Scandinavian heritage.

Customer Reviews

25 Ratings

Great place for kids too!!!
Beth W. · December 28, 2014
Nice learning exhibit. Mr. Walgreens was Swedish!
Marion G. · October 15, 2014
This was a lot of fun to visit. Little children will love the 3rd floor area too (and yes, they have an elevator). Lots of interesting history for those of us who are 1st or 2nd generation Americans.
John N. · October 15, 2014
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    5211 North Clark Street

    Chicago, IL 60601


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