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The American Swedish Institute is a resource for learning about Sweden and Swedish-American culture and heritage, Scandinavian folk arts and culture, the Turnblad Family, and contemporary Swedish art and culture. Learn more through an ASI program, or through these helpful resources.

Swedish Word of the Week



The time when syrener–that is, lilacs–bloom is as much beloved in Sweden as in Minnesota. It tends to happen a little later in Sweden–late May or early June.

Jag tycker att doften av syren är världens ljuvligaste. I think the scent of lilacs is the sweetest scent in the world.

Swedish and Swedish-American Culture

Explore content about Swedish and Swedish-American culture on ASI’s blog.

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Meet the Turnblad Family

Learn more about Swan, Christina and Lillian Turnblad, the original owners of ASI’s Turnblad Mansion.

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Access ASI’s Collections at Home

ASI’s  library, archives, and object collections support the work of the museum as well as provide resources for scholarly research into to Swedish and Swedish-American culture and history.

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