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American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis

2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55407, United States
Admission: $12.00
$12 adults; $8 seniors; $6 ages 6-18 and full time students with ID; free for ASI members and children 5 and under.
Concessions Available
Hours of Operation:
Mon. Closed
Tue. Closed
Wed. Closed
Thu. 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Fri. 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Sat. 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Sun. 10:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Showing 2020 Reduced Hours. Full FIKA menu is served 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The American Swedish Institute strives to be welcoming and fun for families. They encourage visitors of all ages to explore traditions, immigration, handcraft and art. The third Friday of every month, the museum offers Kids at the Castle, when families can come explore and play from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. for $8/family. Families are invited to spend the rest of the day at ASI! Their Kids at the Castle sticker is their admission for the day. Explore the changing exhibits and Turnblad Mansion, Have fun in the family gallery, eat at FIKA, run around outside and play!

American Swedish Institute's Turnblad Mansion

2020 Reopening Information

The museum, gift shop and café, reopen to the public on September 11th, with reduced hours and increased safety protocols. For now, advanced, timed reservations are required to visit the museum. However, the gift whop and FIKA Café can accept walk-in customers, but have limited capacity -- both indoors and outdoors.

FIKA will be serving its full lunch menu and offering table service from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. with a limited counter sales during non-serving hours. Takeout and advanced reservations are available by calling 612-524-5108. Please plan to pay with a credit or debit card.

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Current and Upcoming Exhibits

Swedish Dads
June 18 
– October 4, 2020

FREE to view online and outside on ASI’s Park Avenue fence.

Johan Bävman’s sensitive photographs are portraits of dads with their children, highlighting the small percentage of fathers who choose to stay at home as part of Sweden’s generous parental leave system.

We Are the Story - Quilts Exhibition
September 8 – November 1, 2020

FREE to view in ASI’s ground floor Osher Gallery

The new ASI Family Gallery calls on the ocean and sky to spark the imagination in a play space designed and developed in collaboration with Stina Wirsen, the award-winning Swedish author and illustrator. Wirsen was the Dagens Nyheter (Sweden’s major daily newspaper) in-house illustrator from 1990-2019. She is now internationally acclaimed for her children’s books.

extra/ordinary: The American Swedish Institute. At Play
Extended through January 24, 2021

Created from the ASI's permanent collection, this exhibit invites visitors to experience the Turnblad Mansion in new ways through encounters with fun surprises with original watercolor paintings and ink illustrations by the Minnesota mother-son team of Tara Sweeney and Nate Christopherson.

Tara Sweeney, Children's Book Author & Illustrator

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7 Family Friendly Features of ASI:

  1. Strollers are generally welcome. However, the historic Turnblad Mansion has some tight spaces. A small stroller may be best, and the museum reserves the right to restrict stroller use in special exhibition galleries for the protection of the loaned items and because of the higher volume of visitors in those spaces.
    Stroller Parking at the American Swedish Institute
  2. Family restrooms and changing stations are available. They are located on both the first and second floors of the Nelson Cultural Center and the Lower Level of the Turnblad Mansion.
  3. Food and drink are not permitted in  Turnblad Mansion or the Osher Gallery.
  4. Family Friendly Meals Are Offered at the Cafe.  If you would like, you can dine outside while the kids can explore the Outdoor Playcart.
    Ulla the Baker and a cinnamon bun
  5. Outdoor Playcart. The ASI offers outdoor spaces as well as indoor galleries. The outdoor playcart offers a rotating supply of fun things to play with while exploring outside, such as binoculars, magnifying glasses; scarves, ribbons, hula hoops, tree blocks; and kubb games. Outdoor Playcart Season runs April-September (weather permitting)!
  6. There is a Family Gallery and Guides. Turnblad Mansion's Third Floor Family Gallery has rotating installations and an interactive play area that encourages visitors to play, touch, read and learn! This is a good place to start as the topics change with the gallery exhibits and kids can get a child-centered perspective before venturing into an adult-oriented exhibit.
    ASI Family Gallery
  7. Write to Tomte. Turnblad Mansion's Tomte has a mailbox on the third floor. Visitors are encouraged to write him a note or ask him a question.two boys hiding behind a tomte in ASI

Family Programming at the American Swedish Institute

Families looking for things to do together can check out American Swedish Institute's Youth and Family Programming, which is extensive, varied, fun and welcoming to kids of all skill levels and backgrounds and their grownups. The ASI's eclectic range of creative activities and offerings for families includes the Youth Slöjd (Craft) workshops, extended school year class sessions, and På Gang, a Sunday afternoon Swedish class/social club for teens.

Tomte, Christmas at American Swedish Institute

Birthday Parties at American Swedish Institute

The American Swedish Institute offers birthday parties which includes the set-up, clean-up and organization of all activities. The birthday theme can be Pippi Longstocking, Vikings, or slöjd (craft). All parties are 90 minutes and include studio craft activities and playtime at the Castle. Recommended for kids ages 5-12. For more information or to register, call (612) 870-3353 or email

Dala Horse at American Swedish Institute

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