Public Tours

Whether you are visiting for the first time or are a lifelong member, ASI tours are an excellent way explore more of the layers and stories of this historic Minneapolis landmark.

For more information about public tours or to book a private group tour contact Dianne Kramer at or (612) 870-3344.



Discover the Turnblad Mansion and ASI Collection through a tailored lens by joining ASI for a tour before the Mansion opens on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Tour time: 1 hour.

$8 members, $12 nonmembers. Includes museum admission. No reservation required.

MUSEUM ENCOUNTERS: Craft & Design (Wednesdays, 11 a.m.)

In Sweden, handcraft can often be high art. See how the Turnblad Mansion brought this blend of craft, design, and art to Minneapolis as you explore the design vision behind “the Castle” and learn about the craftsmen who brought the stone, wood, and plaster to life.

MUSEUM ENCOUNTERS: Art in the Mansion (Thursdays, 11 a.m.)

Does every picture really tell a story? ASI’s art collection encompasses folk art, traditional, contemporary, outsider art, and craft. Talk about the art at ASI in a whole new way as we explore the art in and around the Turnblad Mansion. Get closer to pieces normally held deep within ASI’s collections storage and see old favorites in a way you’ve never seen them before.

Turnblad Mansion Public Tours (Wednesdays and Saturdays, 1:30 p.m.)

Public tours of the historic Turnblad Mansion are offered free with museum admission every Wednesday and Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

Papercut! Exhibit Tours (Fridays, 1:30 p.m.)

Explore the magical world of psaligraphy and Karen Bit Vejle on this guided tour of ASI's spring blockbuster show. Papercut! exhibit tours are included with museum admission every Friday at 1:30 p.m.

ASI After Hours Cocktail Tours: Papercut! (Tuesdays, Feb. 25, March 25 and April 8. 7 p.m.)

Enjoy light bites and three crafted cocktails by FIKA as Interpretive Services Planner Jodi Larson guides you through the work of Danish-Norwegian paper cut artist Karen Bit Vejle.  More information available here

Self-Guided Tours

A fun and casual way to experience the historic Turnblad Mansion at your own pace! Volunteer interpreters are stationed throughout the Mansion to answer visitors’ questions about the Turnblad family, ASI and Sweden.

Private Group Tours

A perfect opportunity to discover the historic Turnblad Mansion, contemporary Nelson Cultural Center or ASI exhibits. ASI offers a variety of Group Tours that can be customized for 10-60 attendees including reunions, corporate team building, social clubs and international guests.

THE ASI EXPERIENTIAL TOUR: “Swedish Sensibilities: Art, Craft and Design: Where Tradition and Modern Meet”  

Created in partnership with Meet Minneapolis, explore the Turnblad Mansion and Nelson Cultural Center in an entirely new way! 
Through the lens of Swedish art, craft and design, discover where tradition and modern meet at ASI on this new tour experience beginning January 2014. Learn about the exquisite craftsmanship that went into building the mansion, go behind the scenes and see ASI’s collection, and try your hand at a Swedish handcraft.

Tour time: 2 hours. $19/person. Perfect for groups of 10–40 people. To book, contact Dianne Kramer or 612-870-3344.

Learn about our group tours

The American Swedish Institute invites you to step back in time and experience the only castle in the Twin Cities, the historic Turnblad Mansion.

ASI is a unique historic house museum and cultural center which visitors can experience in a variety of ways.


Try our Ring-A-Tour, an automated cell phone tour of the Turnblad Mansion and the Nelson Cultural Center. Dial 1-888-411-3155 and select English or Swedish.