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Host Your Special Event at ASI

One of the Most Unique Spaces in the Twin Cities

Welcome you to the American Swedish Institute, where turrets and stained glass windows stand in contrast to contemporary walls of glass; where elegant early 20th century architecture meets contemporary, Nordic-inspired design. This is a distinct and memorable setting for your corporate or private event. Just ten minutes south of downtown Minneapolis, the ASI's convenient location is easily accessible from anywhere in the Twin Cities.

The Turnblad Mansion

The 33-room "castle," or Turnblad Mansion on Park Avenue, was completed in 1908. It was the home of Swedish newspaper publisher Swan J. Turnblad and his family. Turnblad made his fortune with the Svenska Amerikanska Posten, a Swedish-language newspaper, and gifted his home to the public in 1929 to be used as a museum and cultural center.

The Nelson Cultural Center

The open, fresh design of the Nelson Cultural Center is the perfect spot for fundraisers, conferences or social events from small groups of ten to 20 or larger gatherings up 200-300 people. Dine, dance, mingle… all are possible in this state-of-the-art space! Our event spaces and conference rooms offer seating and classroom arrangements to fit the size and needs of your group. 

Slate & Stone Catering at the American Swedish Institute

Slate & Stone Catering manages all aspects of special events held at the ASI, from booking, to set-up, food preparation by FIKA and banquet staff and the event itself. They efficiently plan and smoothly execute your plans and take care of the details, so you can focus on your guests. The name Slate & Stone comes from the beautiful and timeless materials used to build the historic Turnblad Mansion and the contemporary Nelson Cultural Center. Like these unique spaces, Slate & Stone Catering’s private dining options leave a lasting impression of quality and fulfilment.

For more information or to schedule a tour, please call Brenda Thrower, Director of Catering, at 612-870-3368 or visit  ASI's in-house catering and events department website: