The gathering place.
The Nelson Cultural Center is a welcome introduction to the historic Turnblad Mansion. Named after benefactors Carl and Leslie Nelson, the American Swedish Institute's 34,000-square-foot addition opened in June 2012. The building is LEED Gold certified - making the American Swedish Institute the first museum in Minnesota to earn this distinction. The Nelson Cultural Center also houses Twin Cities outreach for St. Peter, Minn.-based Gustavus Adolphus College, which uses the space for admission, alumni relations and educational programming.
The Nelson Cultural Center has an open, welcoming layout; handcrafted, Swedish-inspired detailing; and environmentally sustainable solutions. Primary features include:
- Glass-enclosed reception lobby
- ASI Museum Store
- FIKA, ASI's award-winning cafe
- The modern Osher Gallery for traveling and locally originated exhibitions
- State-of-the-art studio and crafts classroom
- Modern storage facility for ASI's collections
- Flexible and unique event spaces including Larson Hall with lecture seating 300 or 200 for dinner.