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Swedish American Museum

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Address: 5211 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640-2101
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+1 773-728-8111
11:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 16:00
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The Swedish American Museum Association (SAMAC) is committed to being a...

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, collects, preserves and interprets its Swedish American collection and culture via exhibits and programs. The Museum Center provides for cultural and educational activities for its publics, including Scandinavian organizations and businesses, museum members, the Andersonville community and individuals young and old.

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Great Little Museum with beautiful exhibits

Friendly, welcoming and filled with beautiful artifacts of generations past. I would have loved the children's section when I was young. I'm only have a small amount of... read more

Reviewed 2 August 2016
Kansas City, Missouri
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 21 February 2017

The admission is $6.00 but I was apart of a group so I paid $3.00. There were different sections of the museum that detailed the immigrants' journey to the US. The tour guide talked more ahout him and his family than about the artifacts. The children section was a hands-on experience of the life of Swedes back in the 1800's.... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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Reviewed 2 August 2016

Friendly, welcoming and filled with beautiful artifacts of generations past. I would have loved the children's section when I was young. I'm only have a small amount of Scandinavian heritage but I left here feeling a little more proud of my ancestors past, even though I didn't know them. Very nice gift shop as well with reasonable prices. Will return... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 3 July 2016

Very vivid representations of the experiences of people coming to the U.S. from Sweden and their experiences over the years. We also took the tour of this Swedish-American part of the city, which had some surprises.

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Cedar Rapids
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Reviewed 26 June 2016

We stopped in last weekend. After a brief welcome and directions, we proceeded to the permanent exhibit "The Dream of America – Swedish Immigration to Chicago." I found this to be very well organized and informative. Midway through the exhibit, we came upon a section about religion. There was an alter and railing from a now-defunct church. We learned that... More 

Thank Arvid
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Reviewed 1 May 2016

My grandparents were from the area and I was up visiting my cousin. I had heard of this museum and wanted to check it out, since I am trying to research my heritage. Cost is $4.00/adult. There is a small parking lot available on the corner of Ashland that you can park for free. Museum is 3 floors---top floor is... More 

Thank L S
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Reviewed 18 April 2016

I liked my visit to this small museum today, though it was a bit smaller than expected. The price is very reasonable, the staff friendly, and the exhibits informative. And the gift shop is very cool! Also seems like a great place for kids. Took the red line to Berwyn and walked a nice half mile here. The current exhibit... More 

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Reviewed 18 April 2016 via mobile

Love this place. Our initial choice was the 3rd floor Childrens Museum. The hands on experience and history is unparalleled. The original furniture and utensils are historical and interesting. The cabin is a representation of frontier homes in America. The ship to America is amazing with oars built in for children to use. The space section tucked away in a... More 

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Basehor, Kansas
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Reviewed 11 June 2015

This is a small museum with special displays for children about immigration. They also offer genealogical research assistance by appointment for a small fee. Parking is a block west and limited or take CTA blue line and bus--think it was 92.

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 11 June 2015

The museum tells the story of what the Swedish immigrants went through as they came to Chicago. It is very well done. You understand what their experience is like as you looked at the exhibits. There is also a separate floor that is set up for kids with many hands on activities. Well done! Hint - the 2nd Tuesday of... More 

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Reviewed 30 April 2015 via mobile

We went to Andersonville to see the village where so many Swedish immigrants came in late 1800's and early 1900's. It's well worth the trip. Take the bus #22 from downtown Chicago to Andersonville. The ride will take some 40 minutes and costs $2:25/person. About halfway you should notice all the sportsbars that indicates that you are getting close to... More 

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