AMERICAN SWEDISH INSTITUTE | Experience Nordic culture at ASI!

ASI is the perfect starting point for those looking for new activities in 2023! The American Swedish Institute museum and cultural center announces a winter-to-spring schedule of programs for every age and interest.

The American Swedish Institute museum and cultural center announces a winter-to-spring schedule of programs for every age and interest in language, cooking, and crafts; fun happenings in the cozy Turnblad mansion, including a series youth events, as well as can’t-miss musical events. We have something for everyone!

Events perfect for children and families:

• Kids at the Castle Fri Jan 20, Sat Jan 21, Fri Feb 17, Sat Feb 18, Fri March 17, Sat March 18, Fri April 21, Sat April 22. 9 to 10 am.
Kids at the Castle has Valentine’s Day, Earth Day, and Viking themed fun-filled programs for your little ones. Advance registration required; adults required; suggested for ages 2–5. $10 per family.

• Intergenerational Swedish Meatball Dinner Workshop Saturday Feb. 11, 4–6 pm.
Instructor Anna Sharratt leads kids and adults through the whole process, from washing the vegetables, to mixing up and shaping the meatballs, to clean up. For young cooks 6-12 and an accompanying adult. $45 adult/child pair ($40 ASI member adult/child pair).

• Easter Egg Hunt at the Castle Saturday April 8, morning 9 am and afternoon 1 pm
Intergenerational event recommended for children ten and under and their special adults. Celebrate with storytime with the Easter Witch (påskkärring), add feathers to the Easter tree (påskris), and make your own Easter table decorations and Swedish-inspired Easter cards. $15 ($10 ASI members, under 2 yr old free).

Throughout the year, you can explore ASI’s exhibitions and the Turnblad Mansion during public and group tours led by ASI educators. With exclusive access to ASI content experts, these tours offer an up-close and unique experience for both the public and scheduled groups. Group tours are ideal for 10-30 people, each $20 ticket includes museum admission. Unique meal and refreshment options are available (for an additional cost) such as cookies, pastries, or a full Swedish smörgåsbord.

Do you want to continue learning about Swedish-American culture? Have an interest you’ve never explored yet? ASI has something for everyone – cooking, languages, woodworking, needle-felting, and so much more! Our Nordic Table classes are perfect for the individual wanting to become a master in the kitchen and our intergenerational classes will bring a unique and fun experience for you and your loved one.

The American Swedish Institute (ASI), designated to the National Register for Historic Places, is a historic castle-like mansion, museum and cultural center, and a gathering place for all people to explore diverse experiences of migration, identity, belonging, and the environment through arts and culture, informed by enduring links to Sweden. ASI, which The Wall Street Journal calls “[a] model of how a small institution can draw visitors through exciting programming,” is located at 2600 Park Avenue in Minneapolis. For more, visit

Open 10 am to 8 pm on Thursdays, and 10 am to 4 pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, 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.