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Named one of Twin Cities Business Magazine's 2019 "Unique Venues for Business Events!"

The historic Turnblad Mansion and contemporary Nelson Cultural Center are the perfect settings for weddings, business meetings, private parties and special events.

Host Your Special Event at the American Swedish Institute

In the Mansion, the Grand Hall and Salon are perfect for small, intimate ceremonies and receptions, with the option of opening the Mansion for viewing as part of your event. Paulson Hall, in the lower level of the Mansion, is suited for dinners and presentations for 100 people and under. It is located adjacent to two classrooms that can be used for breakout sessions or prepatory rooms.  The smaller, newly renovated Stuga room may also be booked for meetings or luncheons.

The Mansion Veranda and Front Lawn may also be used in conjunction with rentals for ceremonies and receptions.

The contemporary Nelson Cultural Center, which opened in 2012,  provides a variety of flexible and functional spaces. Larson Hall, on the upper level, is the largest, ranging from 250 capacity for seated dinners to 400 for lectures, receptions or concerts. The Hopper Terrace is a small outdoor space overlooking the courtyard for those seeking a breath of fresh air.  On the main floor, next to FIKA Cafe, the Folke Bernadotte conference room is ideal for meetings and talks for between 20 and 60 people, or smaller seated luncheons and dinners. The Studio Classroom is a more hands-on space for workshops and demonstrations. 

The ASI Courtyard, with a capacity of between 200-500, provides a charming outdoor alternative combining slate paving and grass for weddings, receptions and events of all sorts.

To learn more about hosting your event at ASI, visit the website of our on-site catering group Slate & Stone. For information about capacities, options, and pricing, or to book a tour, please contact Brenda Thrower, Director of Catering, at 612-870-3368 or email

Learn more about Events at ASI

  • The ASI Courtyard is stunning setting for events
    The ASI Courtyard is a stunning setting for events
  • Kiss in front of the Castle
    Kiss in front of the Castle
  • Friendly bartenders add flair to your event.
    Friendly bartenders add flair to your event.
  • Dancing at NCC
    And there's dancing - indoors and out.
  • Larson Hall
    The flexible Larson Hall goes from a space for presentations and concerts to an elegant banquet room.
  • Larson Hall - Banquet
    Larson Hall - Chef's Table Banquet
  • Folke Bernadotte Conference Room
    The Folke Bernadotte Conference Room is the perfect-sized space for board meetings, breakfast presentations and community forums.
  • Folke Bernadotte Conference Room - luncheon site
    The Folke Bernadotte Room is an optimal luncheon site
  • Slate and Stone catering and FIKA's Chefs provide the food behind the event.
    Slate and Stone Catering and FIKA's Chefs provide the fine food behind events at ASI.
  • The Nelson Cultural Center - courtyard & balcony
    Nelson Cultural Center's Courtyard & Terrace offer outdoor atmosphere to events
  • The Terrace at the Nelson Cultural Center is a welcome escape at any event.
    The Terrace at the Nelson Cultural Center is a welcome escape at any event
  • Wedding in the Great Hall
    Wedding in the Great Hall
  • Wedding kiss in the Mansion
    Wedding kiss in the Mansion