The Gammelgården Museum is a museum of Swedish immigrants in Minnesota and the U.S. in general. Built on an old homestead and adjacent to a city park, a visit to this museum makes a nice Sunday drive from the Twin Cities. "Gammelgården" means Old Farm in Swedish. Here visitors can step back in history and experience the lives of early Swedish immigrants in the only open air museum devoted to Swedish immigration in the United States.
On our last visit, we learned that Janet Beeler Shaw, the author of the American Girl Kirsten books, actually came to Gammelgården to research what life would have been like for Kirsten.
This is one of those museums where it is a good idea to remind the kids that it IS a museum before visiting. Although some things are meant to be touched, not everything is and they should remember to ask Mom or Dad before they do.
Gammelgården Museum Tours
Although exploring on your own is fun, guided tours are available between early May and mid-October on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 1:00 and 2:30.
Birthday Parties at Gammelgården Museum
Gammelgården has birthday party packages for boys and girls. Choose from Annie's Immigrant Party or Tor's Outdoors.
Gammelgården Summer Camps
Full and half-day camps are offered each summer. Check our annual summer camp guide for up-to-date annual information. Year-round class information is found here.
More About Gammelgården Museum
Not to long ago, Anne visited Gammelgården for a Blue Grass and Lemonade event. Read about her visit HERE.