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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 or to post on social media, 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! Please note, personal use does not include formal engagement, work, graduation or family portraits, but you can request permission to schedule these.
  • Tripods or other professional photography equipment are not allowed in the Turnblad Mansion without advance permission. Professional photographers, videographers and media, commercial and non-commercial, who desire to shoot at ASI need to obtain advance permission. We will provide an application form so you can submit requests.   ASI reserves the right to grant or deny photographic access to the building and grounds.
  • Because of high demand, ASI's desire to not interfere with the experience of visitors who have paid an admission fee, and to protect the historic nature of the Mansion and grounds, photography shoots require permission, an appointment and need to be done during non-public hours with a staff escort. We do charge a reasonable fee to cover access, set up and staffing. There are different fees for commercial shoots.
  • For an application form and more information, 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.