American Swedish Institute
The American Swedish Institute is a vibrant arts & cultural center and museum. The historic Turnblad Mansion first became home to the organization in 1929. The new Nelson Cultural Center addition opened in June 2012 and added a welcoming reception area, café, gallery, event center, studio craft classroom, terrace, courtyard, and new Museum Shop space.
In 1908, the Turnblads—a Swedish immigrant family—completed the construction of their castle-like mansion on Minneapolis’ Park Avenue. Just twenty-one years later, they gave it all away to the community, founding the organization that would become the American Swedish Institute.
Visitors can tour the Turnblad Mansion, enjoy exhibitions in the Mansion and Osher Gallery, experience contemporary Swedish and Nordic culture alongside Minneapolis history, find unique Nordic designed products in the Museum Shop, dine at FIKA, and share stories and experiences.
Today at ASI
|Fri, Dec 13th, 2013|
|Museum||10 a.m.–5 p.m.|
|Shop||10 a.m.–5 p.m.|
|Cafe||8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.|
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Celebrate tradition while creating your own at ASI this winter. Explore contemporary holiday traditions and farm to table seasonal cuisine throughout the historic Turnblad Mansion in the beloved annual holiday rooms of the five Nordic countries (Sweden, Iceland, Finland, Norway and Denmark). This year, ASI welcomes a sixth country to the table, Mexico—in celebration of the diverse community of Minneapolis’ Phillips West neighborhood.
December 13 is Lucia Day, a poignant and magical Swedish holiday that brings light to one of the darkest days of the year.December 13, 2013 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Carve your own spoon from the crook of a tree! Using the natural growth from where a branch leaves the main trunk, you can make a very strong, yet thin and delicate, usable spoon.December 4, 2013 - 6:00pm to December 18, 2013 - 8:30pm