American Swedish Institute

The American Swedish Institute is a vibrant arts & cultural center and museum. The historic Turnblad Mansion first became home to the organization in 1929. The Nelson Cultural Center addition opened in June 2012 and added a welcoming reception area, café, gallery, event center, studio arts classroom, terrace, courtyard, and expanded Museum Shop.

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 Turnblad Mansion, enjoy exhibits and the performing arts in the Mansion and Osher Gallery, 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

Museum Hours

Thu, Apr 24th, 2014
MuseumNoon–5 p.m.
Shop10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Cafe8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
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Exhibits on View

Today's Events

  • Discover the Turnblad Mansion and ASI Collection through a unique lens by joining ASI for an "Art in the Mansion" Museum Encounter before the Mansion opens!

    April 24, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Shop Swedish

Visit the Museum Shop for unique Nordic gifts, jewelry, arts, and crafts. Go Shop »


FIKA, the cafe at ASI, serves lunch as well as espresso & pastries, with an emphasis on New Nordic Cuisine and local ingredients. Learn More »

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