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Neighborhood Open House

Free Wednesday at ASI

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 10:00am to 8:00pm

The American Swedish Institute is offering FREE admission on four Wednesdays throughout February from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.*, including February 22, 2017, to increase community access to our new 2017 Migration, Identity and Belonging exhibitions.

*Please note: The Turnblad Mansion’s First Floor is closed for a private event from 10 a.m.-noon on Wed., February 22. All other galleries, FIKA and the ASI Museum Store will be open.  We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.

Among these is Where the Children Sleep, an exhibition of haunting photographs and stories of Syrian refugee children by award-winning Swedish photojournalist Magnus Wennman on view through March 5.

Other related exhibitions currently on display include Swede Hollow, an installation based on prize-winning author Ola Larsmo's best-selling Swedish novel that imagines immigrant life at this St. Paul site; The Stories They Told which animates the narrative of figure wood carving; and Green Card Voices, sharing contemporary Nordic immigrant stories. Cows Can Dream, the ASI’s new imaginative Youth and Family Gallery exhibition/installation inspired by Sam the cow in Maria Bajt and Jason Diakité's children's book, encourages creativity and discovery.  

Bruce Karstadt,  ASI President/CEO, commented, “As we enter 2017 in a world of changing political and social conditions, I wish to reaffirm the vision that inspires the American Swedish Institute today and historically, which is to be a gathering place for all people to connect their pasts to a shared future and to understand their heritage in relationship to others.  The founders of our museum came to this country as Swedish immigrants.  Nearly every person I know has an immigrant story as part of their family narrative.  Through exhibitions and programs linked to our 2017 theme of Migration, Identity and Belonging, we provide a place for conversations and dialogue which fuse our past with today’s local and global context.”


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