American Swedish Institute

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. A vibrant museum and cultural center. A Minnesota landmark. A community partner.

In 1908, the Turnblads—a Swedish immigrant family—completed the construction of their castle-like mansion on Minneapolis’ Park Avenue. Just twenty-one years later, they gave it all away to the community, founding the organization that would become the American Swedish Institute.

Today, ASI links Minneapolis history with the best of contemporary Swedish and Nordic culture. Tour the historic Turnblad Mansion, enjoy exhibits and the performing arts in the contemporary Nelson Cultural Center, relax in the ASI Courtyard, find unique Nordic designed products in the ASI Museum Shop, savor new Nordic cuisine at ASI's award-winning cafe, FIKA, and explore stories from the past in Wallenberg Library and Archives.  Welcome to the American Swedish Institute!


Today at ASI

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Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
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