AMERICAN SWEDISH INSTITUTE | Experience a Nordic-Inspired Summer

Find unforgettable summer adventures and unleash your inner explorer within the magnificent walls of Minnesota’s one and only castle—the American Swedish Institute museum and cultural center! From punk rock art exhibitions to summer parties on the Castle lawn, we have something for everyone.

•Cocktails at the Castle
Friday, September 9, doors open at 6:30 pm and music begins at 7 pm

Cocktails and concerts return to the Twin Cities’ only castle this fall with great music, Nordic-inspired art, and wild surprises. Discover two stages of independent bands, pop-up activities, food, and drinks, and explore the museum galleries at this adults-only fall event awarded ‘Best Event Concept’ by MSP Magazine.

This year’s Cocktails at the Castle features an exciting lineup of Minnesota artists and activities that draws inspiration from artist Claes Larson’s edgy, boundary-pushing handcraft presented Leaving Your Mark: Stories in Wood, ASI’s punk rock woodcarving exhibition on view through October 29. The event features performances by ten bands including local stars Monica LaPlante alongside up-and-comers Killusonline, a wreck-it room, a chance for attendees to get a real (yes, real!) tattoo from a local artist, fire arts demos, Luchador wrestling, axe throwing, and much more.


General admission tickets are $45 ($40 ASI and MPR members) and go on sale July 24 for the general public.

•Walking tours – August 24, September 14, September 28
Explore the area of Minneapolis once known as The Golden Mile on this guided walking tour of the blocks surrounding ASI. Discover the architecture, stories, and cultures of the neighborhood—past and present—and learn how this vibrant neighborhood has changed over time.

Public and Group tours:

Discover the history of the Turnblad Mansion and Turnblad Family on a dynamic and interactive guided tour led by ASI educators. With exclusive access to ASI content experts, these group tours offer an up-close and unique experience for groups.

$20 per person for groups of 10-30 people. Includes museum admission. Unique meal and refreshment options available such as cookies, cocktails or a full Swedish smörgåsbord. Catering price varies, starting at $10 per person.

ASI is located at 2600 Park Avenue in Minneapolis. Open 10 am to 8 pm on Thursdays, and 10 am to 4 pm on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. General admission is free for ASI members and children five and under. $6 for ages 6 to 18 and students of all ages. $12 for adults. $8 for seniors age 62 and over. Walk-up museum admission is available, or register in advance.