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.

Turnblad Mansion Public Tours (Wednesdays & 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.

ASI Exhibit Public Tours (Fridays, 1:30 p.m.)

Public tours of ASI's current exhibits are offered free with museum admission every Friday at 1:30 p.m. Check the ASI calendar for weekly offerings and topics. 

July 18-October 26

Public Expressions Through The Image of StrindbergThe Living Tradition of Ryijy and Love Norway X

Explore the common thread of personal expression across ASI's three dynamic exhibits from Sweden, Finland and Norway. Discover how Sweden's most famous playwright August Strindberg used photography to express himself as an artist and a person. Learn how traditional Finnish handcraft can express places, feelings and significatne events. Encounter the work of contemporary artist Ian Ward Garlant who is tackling ancient symbols and expressing them in a new way to celebrate Norwegian culture. 

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.