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American Swedish Institute

2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407-1090
+1 612-871-4907
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Swedish - American History

This was a fun and very educational place to visit. The castle / house was built around 1900 and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Karl E
Very good but could be great

This mansion is a truly spectacular representation of the opulence of the early wealthy of the area... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
DanB1960
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Hudson, Wisconsin
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Founded in 1929 by Swan J. Turnblad, this castle serves as a combination historic house/museum that features exhibits and programs of the Swedish culture.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good28%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407-1090
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+1 612-871-4907
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"turnblad mansion"
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"old mansion"
in 22 reviews
"scandinavian countries"
in 16 reviews
"gift shop"
in 33 reviews
"decorated for christmas"
in 10 reviews
"meatballs"
in 7 reviews
"wood carvings"
in 7 reviews
"park avenue"
in 4 reviews
"modern addition"
in 4 reviews
"new wing"
in 4 reviews
"museum cafe"
in 4 reviews
"self guided tour"
in 7 reviews
"stained glass"
in 11 reviews
"answer questions"
in 6 reviews
"third floor"
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"interesting exhibits"
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"changing exhibits"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a fun and very educational place to visit. The castle / house was built around 1900 and took four years to build. The couple both came from Sweden as paupers and made their money in the newspaper industry. The museum is THREE floors...More

Thank Karl E
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This mansion is a truly spectacular representation of the opulence of the early wealthy of the area and breathtaking on its own. What is missing is more guidance on how to take in the experience. It's a self-guided tour, for sure, but it wasn't until...More

Thank DanB1960
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Turnblad family castle emulates French Chateauesque style with Swedish flavor. The impressive masonry was done by Ben (Bengt) Aronson. The detailed woodcarvings, 11 Swedish porcelaine tile stoves -no two are alike, fun Christmas displays and decorations, tasty treats in the museum cafe made our...More

1  Thank elesha52
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I brought my 4-year-old daughter to their monthly Kids at the Castle morning and it was wonderful! The discounted admission is a great feature, and the programming for kids was perfect. They read a story, did an activity, read another story, then made a craft....More

Thank Shelby B
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Reviewed 20 February 2018

We visited in December to see various rooms decorated per each Scandinavian country. Very interesting and festive. Enjoyed the architecture of the home and the many ceramic fireplaces.

Thank Debbie M
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Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

After an excellent lunch at Fika (separate review), we self-toured the old mansion. Architecturally it was very impressive, especially the carved wood, stained glass, the carpeting, and the different feel of the different rooms (I especially liked the solarium). The themes or displays I recall...More

2  Thank EandMMichigan
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Reviewed 28 January 2018

$5 admission with student ID. Not much excitement going on in here though - but the fireplaces (art lovers, rejoice) in many rooms throughout were a wonder to look at, artistically-speaking. Your self-guided tour includes 4 levels. Take some time to appreciate the details: sculptures,...More

1  Thank A Marie T
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

As if the Turnblad mansion isnt enough, especially around the holidays...Brunch at the amazing Fika inside the newest part is awesome.

Thank eldotim
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Reviewed 18 January 2018

Historic Turnblad Mansion has amazing architechtural details……lots of dark hardwood throughout the mansion along with various different floor to ceiling fireplaces.

Thank Nikko4Me
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Reviewed 9 January 2018

When in the Cities, make some time for visiting the ASI and associated restaurant. Both are worth it! The museum features an impeccable preservation of the Turnblad Mansion and Scandinavian culture and heritage. Around the holidays, the mansion's rooms are decorated with seasonal themes for...More

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Kate G
12 January 2017|
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Response from DwightRaatz | Reviewed this property |
As you've seen, the Christmas display is no longer there. The current exhibit is "Where the Children Sleep - Photographs by Magnus Wennman" and it looks amazing.
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avamarie155
15 December 2015|
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Response from Deb H | Reviewed this property |
I don't know the answer to that one. I'm sure their website could tell you, or just give them a call.
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SK&GP
24 December 2014|
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Response from Ron C | Reviewed this property |
The ASI is a museum and gathering place for various Scandinavian organizations
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