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Tips to Visit the American Swedish Institute

 American Swedish Institute is closed to the public until further notice in response to COVID-19

In-person programs and classes have been cancelled through August 31, 2020.

Due to ongoing concerns for public safety related to the COVID-19 virus and in regards to the well-being of our community, visitors, staff and volunteers, the American Swedish Institute has closed to the public. We will remain closed until further notice, taking into account guidance from health officials regarding when it is safe to resume operations and with respect for Minnesota Governor Tim Walz’s declaration of a peacetime state of emergency.  This temporary closure includes the Museum and Nelson Cultural Center, including FIKA Café and the ASI Museum Store. In addition, we have cancelled all programs and classes until at least May 31. Staff are working from home as much as possible and we will adjust and respond as needed.

We thank you for your understanding and suppport as we continue to closely monitor this rapidly evolving health crisis. Because we remain committed to being a welcoming place for all, ASI staff and leadership are determining ways we can serve the public while still ensuring the safety and well-being of our patrons. We recommend that everyone continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and the Minnesota Department of Health. We will also post up-to-date information on ASI activities here and on other areas of our website, social media sites and will notify patrons directly as needed.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact We appreciate your patience and we join with others in the community to navigate this challenge.

Taking Photographs

  • Visitors are encouraged to take photographs without flash for personal use. Don't forget to tag us, or #americanswedishinstitute
  • Personal use does not include formal engagement, work, graduation or family portraits. Please read our Photography at ASI page to learn more. 
  • Professional photographers, videographers and media, commercial and non-commercial, who desire to shoot at ASI need to obtain advance permission. To learn about fees and requirements, please read the Photography at ASI page.
  • For more information regarding photography, 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. Food and beverages are not permitted in the Turnblad Mansion or Osher Gallery. FIKA is also open until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays with happy hour specials. Closed Mondays.

Shop the Store

Shop local while accessing an international collection of unique gifts. ASI's Museum Store is your shopping destination for Nordic-inspired goods. The Museum Store shares hours with the museum. Closed Mondays.

Coats & Lockers

Coat racks and lockers are provided free of charge in the Nelson Cultural Center. Please stop at the Information Desk in the main lobby for a key to the lockers,

Historic Objects

ASI is a museum with a collection of historic objects. Touching and handling objects or artwork will 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. Read the Hours & Admission Page to learn more. 


ASI strives to make our facilities, programs, exhibits, and events accessible for all. Please read our Accessibility Page to learn more. 


Visiting any museum can be an enjoyable family outing. ASI is a fun and welcoming place for families to explore traditions, immigration, handcraft, and art together. Read ASI's tips for visiting with a family here. 


The only visitor entrance is located at the northeast end of the free surface parking lot. Metro Mobility and visitors who need easy access may unload directly in front of the entrance before proceeding to park. Designated accessible parking spaces are located in the northeastern part of the ASI parking lot. When the lot is full unmetered street parking is available on most blocks surrounding ASI. Please read permanent and temporary street signs to learn about time-limits or other restrictions. 


  • Certified and trained service animals are welcome.
  • All are welcome to use the restroom that is right for them.
  • Please consume food and beverages before you enter the Turnblad Mansion
  • Free lockers are available on the ground floor of the Nelson Cultural Center. Please ask for a key at the information desk.
  • Self-serve coat rooms are located on the ground and 2nd floors of the Nelson Cultural Center.
  • Click here to learn about Museum Admission Access Programs