#32 The American Swedish Institute

#32 of 52 Must See Things in Minneapolis.

The American Swedish Institute is a campus cultural center with a vibrant arts scene that represents the Nordic heritage and strong Swedish influence found within Minneapolis. It includes the Turnblad Mansion, former residence to a wealthy newspaper owner and publisher, and the Nelson Cultural Center, which includes art galleries, exhibits, collections and the award-winning café, Fika. Explore the rich history of Minneapolis and the Nordic culture that still resides here.

At the American Swedish Institute, learning is interactive. They offer many adult classes and workshops including language, cooking and handcrafts. Get a two-hour intro to the Swedish language to get you excited for an upcoming trip or just to learn the basics. Learn about how the landscape, climate and culture in Sweden affected the fables, folklore and superstitions that may still have an influence today. Or, make your very own Nordic crafts including plates, wooden spoons, paintings and more. And don’t forget about the food! They offer cooking classes where you’ll learn to make Swedish cheesecake or soup and rye just to name a few.

One of the best parts about the American Swedish Institute is their fantastic event line-up! They are constantly putting on fun, collaborative events to get you involved and excited about the culture. Families will enjoy Kids at the Castle, an hour of games, storytelling music and movement for the little ones an hour before the museum opens to the general public. The adults will love Cocktails at the Castle, complete with craft beverages, a DJ, pop-up performances, art installations and a photo booth. Book discussions, film screenings, lectures, art viewings and more can all be found at the American Swedish Institute.

Whether you’re brand new to the Swedish culture, or you’re well-seasoned, the American Swedish Institute will amaze you. For hours, ticket and parking information, head to their website