We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Swedish American Museum

Closed Now: 10:00 - 16:00
Open today: 10:00 - 16:00
Review Highlights
terrific little museum, especially for children

okay, so this museum is very well done and interesting, but the piece de resistance is the top... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
kirsten c
via mobile
2nd Tuesday of the Month

Living on a shoestring budget, we were delighted to learn that this museum was Free on the 2nd... read more

Reviewed 14 August 2018
Diane P
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
via mobile
Read all 47 reviews
All photos (24)
Full view
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent38%
  • Very good52%
  • Average10%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
The Swedish American Museum Association (SAMAC) is committed to being a unifying force in the promotion of Swedish-American heritage and ethnic pride. SAMAC's primary purpose is to develop and maintain a permanent museum center that houses...more
Closed Now
Hours Today: 10:00 - 16:00
See all hours
5211 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640-2101
+1 773-728-8111
Top Selling Tours & Activities in and around Chicago
from US$35.00
More Info
from US$19.95
More Info
from US$32.00
More Info
from US$34.95
More Info
Reviews (47)
Filter reviews
43 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Show reviews that mention
All reviewschildren's sectionimmigrant experienceimmigrantsjourneyneighborhoodlifecultureblastcomicbridgeadmissionarchitecture
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 43 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

okay, so this museum is very well done and interesting, but the piece de resistance is the top floor kids' history play area. it's GREAT! my 3-year-old loved it, and i was super impressed. the second floor history area was very pretty, very dense with...More

Thank kirsten c
Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

Living on a shoestring budget, we were delighted to learn that this museum was Free on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. We marked our calendar and went. It's a sweet little museum that actually contains a lot of history and treasure for it's size....More

Thank Diane P
Reviewed 15 July 2018

Very nice museum related to the history and culture of the area/region. Well laid out, plenty of room for the displays and dioramas. The staff was friendly. Didn't seem to know much about the other Swedish enclaves in the Midwest, though. Parking is a nightmare,...More

Thank Mbv9415
Reviewed 13 July 2018

This museum tells the story of Swedish immigrants to the Chicagoland area. It has something for people of all ages. The top floor is a children’s area on the immigrant experience with lots to of interactive opportunities. Beautiful gift Shop Too!

Thank Ex3
Reviewed 25 June 2018

Family visit and I cannot recommend this museum highly enough. Regardless of your ethnic background, this place is a valuable experience for anyone.

Thank David W
Reviewed 2 June 2018

I was advised to visit by my Swedish colleagues, and did enjoy the museum. I didn't go to the kid's floor, but the ground floor had a good exhibition about comic strips and how they've changed, and the other main floor had a permanent exhibit...More

1  Thank Wombatel
Reviewed 26 March 2018 via mobile

$6 to visit a tiny museum. One floor is fir kids. The ground floor for exhibits, currently one on comic strips. The second floor has an exhibit about immigration to the US. With Chicago having been the second city after Stockholm with the most Swedes...More

1  Thank Poleinahole
Reviewed 26 December 2017 via mobile

Amazing interactive museum for kids. Def check out the top floor (it’s the only floor we’ve ever been to). My 3 year loves it. Appreciate for a 2 year old all the way up to probably 11 or 12.

Thank julieari
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Given the number of Swedes living in Chicago, the museum is surprisingly contentless. It has a permanent exhibit showing the journey that Swedes took to America during the largest periods of migration.Whether you are Swedish or not this is a OK way to spend $6.

Thank Phayao13
Reviewed 11 September 2017

I was surprised to learn about this museum in Andersonville, the “Little Sweden” of Chicago. Visited to learn about the immigration history.

Thank NadyaS397
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 199 hotels in Chicago
The Guesthouse Hotel
355 reviews
.65 km away
Heart O' Chicago Motel
169 reviews
1.56 km away
Guest House Motel
3 reviews
2.31 km away
Hampton Inn Chicago North - Loyola Station
383 reviews
2.90 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 10,254 restaurants in Chicago
Hopleaf Bar
264 reviews
.08 km away
Lady Gregory's Bar and Restaurant
141 reviews
.15 km away
Svea Restaurant
49 reviews
.08 km away
Reza's Restaurant
136 reviews
.14 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 2,120 attractions in Chicago
109 reviews
.39 km away
26 reviews
.17 km away
Empirical Brewery
7 reviews
.60 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Swedish American Museum staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines