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Tips for an Enjoyable Visit to ASI

The American Swedish Institute seeks to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all visitors and guests. Please follow the guidelines below while visiting:

Taking Photographs

  • Visitors are allowed and encouraged to take photographs for personal use inside the Turnblad Mansion and Osher Gallery, unless otherwise noted. For example, the use of flash in front of most artwork is discouraged. We encourage you to "check in" and share your photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
  • Tripods or other professional photography equipment are not allowed in the Turnblad Mansion.
  • Professional photographers, videographers and media who desire to shoot at ASI should contact Karen Nelson, Marketing and Communications Manager , at for information and to request permission.
  • Because of high demand, the need to do shoots during non-public hours (to not interfere with the regular visitor experience), and the need for a staff escort, engagement, graduation, bridal, family and other photo shoots require permission, an appointment. There is also a fee. Please contact Karen Nelson, Marketing and Communications Manager, for additional information at  

Food and Beverages

Whether you simply want to have a fantastic meal or delve further into Scandinavian culture through food, ASI's FIKA café serves some of the best new Nordic cuisine outside of Stockholm. We're known for award-winning lunches, our coffee and pastries, house-made beverages, unique cocktails and other delights, so we encourage you to sample the fine fare at hand. Please do not bring in outside food or beverages to the Turnblad Mansion or Osher Gallery. FIKA is also open until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays with happy hour specials.


Coat racks and lockers are provided free of charge in the Nelson Cultural Center.

Respect Historic Objects

ASI is a museum with a collection of historic objects and handling may cause damage. Please do not touch items on view or the woodcarving in the Turnblad Mansion or the Nelson Cultural Center. .

Admission Stickers

With paid admission, visitors receive an admission sticker which should be visible at all times when in the museum and galleries.