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ASI's Public Tours

Whether you are visiting for the first time, have joined as member, or have made the ASI a special part of your annual traditions, public tours are an excellent way to explore the Mansion, view the new ASI exhibitions with an informative guide and discover more about this historic Minneapolis landmark and everything that happens here. Public tours are included with museum admission and do not require reservations.

Public Tours

Turnblad Mansion Tours

Offered at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday - Sunday, each day the museum is open.

Explore the exquisite 33-room Turnblad Mansion from top to bottom, including detailed woodcarvings, sculpted ceilings and the handcrafted Swedish tile stoves. Learn about the fascinating Turnblad family, the architecture of their castle, the history of the American Swedish Institute and immigrant life in early Minneapolis.

Seasonal - Tour the ASI’s Holiday Rooms

Offered at noon, Tuesdays – Sundays, November 2018 – January 2019

Experience one of Minneapolis’ most talked about holiday destinations – the ASI’s annual Holiday Rooms, a celebratory exploration of the Nordic holiday traditions practiced in homes across Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, and a room by community guests.  Included with museum admission.

Self-Guided Tours & "Ring-A-Tours"

Pick up an "Explore" brochure from the front desk and enjoy this fun and casual way to explore the historic Turnblad Mansion at your own pace! You can take a free "Ring-A-Tour" by dialing 1-888-411-3155 on your cell phone and following the icons in the brochure. Volunteer interpreters are also available throughout the Mansion to answer questions about the Turnblad family, ASI and Sweden.

Private Group Tours

Whether you want to visit the historic Turnblad Mansion, the contemporary Nelson Cultural Center or get in-depth information about a specific ASI exhibition, ASI can customize a tour for your private group. Sizes may range from 10-60 attendees and tours are ideal for holiday parties, reunions, corporate team building, social clubs and international guests.  Learn about Group Tour Options.


Step back in time at the American Swedish Institute and explore the only castle in the Twin Cities, the historic Turnblad Mansion.

With the addition of the Nelson Cultural Center, the ASI also offers dining at FIKA, more handcraft and cooking workshops and ongoing language classes to allow visitors to experience the ASI in many ways.


Try our Ring-A-Tour, an automated cell phone tour of the Turnblad Mansion and the Nelson Cultural Center. Dial 1-888-411-3155 and select English or Swedish.