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Mission & Values

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Our Mission

The American Swedish Institute is a gathering place for all people to share experiences around themes of culture, migration, the environment and the arts all informed by enduring links to Sweden.

Our Vision

The American Swedish Institute will be a leading museum and cultural center of international reputation that invites all people to gather and connect their pasts to their shared future, to understand their heritage in relation to others, and to discover their roles as neighbors and global citizens. Vibrant, ongoing ties to Sweden will illuminate and inspire all these endeavors.

Our Values


We embrace the legacy of stewardship given to us in the Turnblad Mansion, our collections, and our diverse community.


We invest in our role as a welcoming place for all people and develop authentic relationships with local, national, and international communities.


We create transformational learning experiences by providing a platform for reflection, participation, collaboration, and the exchange of ideas.


We create beautiful spaces, innovative programs, and outstanding services in the entrepreneurial spirit of Swan J. Turnblad.


We incorporate values of social responsibility into our programs, facilities, and operations that sustain the wellbeing of our organization, community, and the environment.

Acknowledgement of the Dakota People

Welcome to the American Swedish Institute. We wish to acknowledge the Dakota peoples, on whose land we meet, and to thank them for their ongoing care of the land, and acknowledge their connections to this community and the richness of their culture. In this spirit and in recognition of the growing diversity of our neighborhood, we thank you for coming here and for being a part of the American Swedish Institute’s mission to serve as a gathering place for ALL people.