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Nelson Cultural Center

The gathering place.

The Nelson Cultural Center is a welcome introduction to the historic Turnblad Mansion. Named after benefactors Carl and Leslie Nelson, the American Swedish Institute's 34,000-square-foot addition opened in June 2012. The building is LEED Gold certified - making the American Swedish Institute the first museum in Minnesota to earn this distinction. The Nelson Cultural Center also houses Twin Cities outreach for St. Peter, Minn.-based Gustavus Adolphus College, which uses the space for admission, alumni relations and educational programming.

The Nelson Cultural Center has an open, welcoming layout; handcrafted, Swedish-inspired detailing; and environmentally sustainable solutions. Primary features include: