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Private Group Tours
Looking for a unique outing? Groups of ten or more people - friends, family, church groups, office or corporate organizations and international travlers - are invited to visit ASI's awe-inspiring campus as part of private special tours. Explore Minneapolis’ only castle! See acclaimed exhibitions travelling from the Nordic region as well as work by talented local and regional artists.
Group Tour Catering
Complement your tour with food from FIKA Cafe and ASI's in-house catering team, Slate & Stone. We offer American and New Nordic breakfast, lunch and dinner tailored for all occassions. Please inquire with Rob Nicholl about food options when booking.
To book a group tour and request more information, contact Robert Nicholl, Visitor Services and Volunteer Coordinator, or call (612) 870-3344.
- What days of the week and times of the day do you offer group tours? We normally offer tours during open Museum hours (Tuesdays-Sundays), but may be able to accommodate special requests. Contact us with questions.
- How far in advance do I need to book my tour? Group tours must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.
- Do you require a deposit for group tours, and when does the tour operator need to provide payment? ASI does not require a deposit to book a tour, but does require payment in full before the tour begins, reflecting an accurate group size.
- Are group leaders and motor coach operators free of charge? Yes, we love our bus drivers and tour leaders. Group tour leaders and motor coach operators tour free of charge.
- Do you offer meal options for our group? While our award-winning café, FIKA is open for table service during most Museum Hours, we recommend that you make food and beverage arrangements when you book your tour.
We offer various types of private group tour and program experiences, including the following:
Historic House Tours - The Turnblad Mansion Dream
$13 person - 60 minutes
Discover the Turnblad Mansion, the first private residence in Minneapolis listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This iconic and awe-inspiring achievement was built between 1904 and 1908 as private residence and an ode to the achievements of Swedish-Americans.
Your group tour includes a guided experience through the exquisite 33-room Turnblad Mansion. Hear the stories behind the detailed woodcarvings, sculpted ceilings, the 11 ornate Swedish ceramic stoves (kakelugnar) and the architectural vision of this castle-like mansion. Learn about the Turnblad family who lived in the Mansion from 1908-1927 and then donated the building to become a Swedish--American cultural center. Today, as the American Swedish Institute, it has been transformed into a gathering place for all people to share experiences around themes of culture, migration, the environment and the arts, informed by enduring links to Sweden.
Exhibition and Gallery Tours
$13 person - 60 minutes
ASI’s rotating exhibitions feature works from world-renowned photographers and textile artists to ceramicists and stunning visual artists. ASI’s schedule rotates frequently, view our current offerings on the website.
Premium Experiential Tours - Swedish Art, Craft and Design
$25 person - 120 minutes
Includes materials for each participant to make their own handcrafted wooden cutting board.
Put the old and the new, the traditional and the contemporary, the classic and the modern together in this extraordinary hands-on, high-energy campus tour of the American Swedish Institute.
Your group will discover the work of artists, craftsmen and architects who dreamed and then later built the ornate Turnblad Mansion and Nelson Cultural Center. Visit the nooks and crannies of the historic Castle. Go behind the scenes and visit ASI’s modern collections facilities, and put it all together in a hands-on craft experience in the Berglund Craft Studio, where each participant will make their own handcrafted Swedish-inspired cutting board to take home.
Special Group Programs and Offsite Experiences
Special programs can be booked for your group visit to ASI, or we can bring the fun to you! Special Group Programs are designed for groups as small as 10 people and as large as 150. Groups can reserve programs onsite, or we will come to you for an offsite program at a location of your choice.
Swedish Immigrant Trunk
$125 - 60 minutes
The past comes to life as we unpack Anna Persson’s 1860 immigrant trunk bound on a steamer headed for the U.S. of Amerika, Minneapolis. Discover the facts of early Swedish immigrant life by seeing what typical Swedish immigrants brought with them on their journey. Imagine walking in the shoes of a Swedish immigrant in a lively program that’s part show-and tell, part Antiques Roadshow and part walk down memory lane.
Please inquire closer to the date about seasonal tours of the American Swedish Institute's annual Nordic Holiday Rooms and highlights of Nordic holiday traditions:
Available November 2018 – January 2019
$13 person – 60 minutes
Experience one of Minneapolis’ most talked about seasonal destinations – ASI’s Nordic Holiday Rooms, an exploration of the Nordic traditions and customs practiced in homes across Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Finland, all under one elaborately decorated roof, the Turnblad Mansion.
Christmas in Sweden
$125 – 60 minutes
Christmas is the most important time of the year for many Swedes, filled with special smorgåsbord foods, Santa Lucia celebrations and a visit from Tomte, Sweden’s version of Santa Claus. We’ll take you from Advent to the final days of the Christmas tree.