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Directions and Parking

The American Swedish Institute is located at 2600 Park Avenue in Minneapolis, just five minutes south of downtown at the corner of 26th St. and Park Avenue


Free parking is available in our surface parking lot, located at 27th Street and Park Avenue. Handicapped parking is available on the northeast side of the parking lot.

Driving Directions

PLEASE NOTE: There are major road construction projects taking place throughout Minneapolis that may impact your route to the American Swedish Institute.  Please allow yourself additional time and check the MNDOT 35W@94 project page for the latest detours and closures.

Some important items as of June 21: cars and busses impacted by closed bridges and interchanges near I-35W and 94 have been routed to Portland and Park Avenues, causing heavy traffic. 46th Street will be the only way on or off of 35W in south Minneapolis. Franklin Avenue bridge is open going west, but not yet east. 26th Street bridge (one way going west) is closed until fall. Lake Street and Franklin Avenue are alternatives. 28th Street (one way going east) is still open. 

From the east: Take Interstate 94 West to Exit 234C for Cedar Avenue. Turn left onto Cedar Ave S and then take another left onto Minnehaha Avenue. Then (bear with us!) turn right onto Cedar Avenue and continue south until East 26th Street. Take a right on 26th St and drive for close to a mile. Turn left onto Columbus Ave S, take the first right onto E 27th St, then the first right onto Park Avenue. Then turn left into our parking lot. 

From the south: Take Interstate 35W North to Exit 14 and turn right onto E 36th Street. Continue on E 36th St until Park Avenue. Take a left onto Park Avenue and continue north for about 1.5 miles. Turn left into our parking lot.

From the north: Take Interstate 35W South to Exit 17B for 11th Avenue. Turn left onto 11th Ave and then (at the third cross street) a right onto Franklin Avenue. Drive about half a mile and then turn left onto Portland Avenue S. Go about another half mile south on Portland and then take a left onto E 27th St to Park Avenue. Take a left onto Park and then turn left into our parking lot. 

From the northeast: Take Hwy. 36 west to Interstate 35W south. (see above for rest of directions)

From the northwest: Take Interstate 94 east to the Lyndale Avenue exit. Stay on Lyndale Avenue to 28th Street. Turn left on 28th Street and continue about one mile to Park Avenue. Turn left on Park Avenue and proceed two blocks. Turn left into our parking lot.

From the west: take Interstate 394 east to the Dunwoody/Hennepin Avenue exit. Turn right on Lyndale Avenue by the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Stay on Lyndale to 28th Street, turn left on 28th Street and continue to Park Avenue. Turn left on Park Avenue and go two blocks. Turn left into our parking lot.


Biking to ASI

We love it when you ride your bike here! Park and Portland Avenues and 26th Street have clearly marked bike lanes. The ASI is also conveniently located just three blocks north of the Midtown Greenway Park Avenue exit. ( Free bike racks are located near the ASI entrance.

Take Nice Ride to ASI and park at one of two nearby stations: 5th Ave. S & East 27th Street or Chicago & 27th Street.

Public Transit

By bus: Take Route 5, which runs between downtown Minneapolis and the Mall of America, stops two blocks away from ASI, at 26th Street and Chicago Avenue.  The Route 21 bus runs along Lake Street, and we are located just four blocks north. To plan your trip to ASI via public transit, please visit the Metro Transit website.

By Light Rail: Take the Green or Blue lines to Downtown East Station. Transfer to Metro Bus Route 5, Southbound to 26th Street and Chicago Avenue.