American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis

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History Museum · Specialty Museum
The American Swedish Institute (ASI) is a museum and cultural center in the Phillips West neighborhood of Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. The organization is dedicated to the preservation and study of the historic role Sweden and Swedish Americans have played in US culture and history. The museum complex includes the Swan Turnblad Mansion, completed in 1910, and the adjoining Nelson Cultural Center, completed in 2012.

Today, ASI serves as a gathering place for all people to share experiences around themes of culture, migration, the environment and the arts, informed by enduring links to Sweden. The museum offers exhibitions from Sweden and the Nordic region, programming for youth and family, and in recent years, has expanded its performing arts offerings. The museum's restaurant, FIKA, was named "Best Lunch In Minnesota" by the Star Tribune in 2013 for its New Nordic cuisine.
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  • Interesting, beautiful and well organized, it is a not to be missed attraction in MN, even in the winter.  more »
  • So tranquil and Exciting Staff is very friendly and helpful. Relaxing atmosphere. Parts are closed for renovations. But that's cool.  more »
  • The home is really something and the volunteers are phenomenal. Was not overly impressed by some or their visiting exhibits but such is life. Looking forward to seeing what they do in the future!
  • My family stopped in on a rainy day looking for something to do. This was such a fun way to spend the day! The mansion is gorgeous, and filled with history. Inside there is also a small restaurant, Fika that serves Nordic cuisine, mostly lunch fare as well as cocktails, wine and beer.
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