One of Minnesota’s most anticipated holiday experiences returns to the American Swedish Institute for its 73rd annual Holiday celebration. Step into the story this season with the American Swedish Institute’s most enchanting and immersive holiday experience ever!

🎁🎄 Once Upon a Mansion: ASI’s Holiday Experience
November 11, 2023–January 7, 2024

What festive tales did the Turnblad Family read while cozied up in the Library? What would happen if the creatures carved in the Mansion woodwork wanted to come out and play?

Step into the story at the American Swedish Institute’s most enchanting holiday experience ever that brings the magic of winter, traditions, myths, and tales to life for visitors of all ages. Explore the festive rooms of the Turnblad Mansion and immerse yourself in experiences co-created by local community contributors representing Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, and the Sami Cultural Center. Whether it’s your first ASI Holiday Experience, or your 73rd, this is one you won’t want to miss.

❄ Winter Solstice | Wed, Dec 20 5–9 pm ❄

Celebrate the longest night of the year at the Winter Solstice Celebration! Join for a delightful night of glögg, live music, and much more at this all-ages event.

🏰 Babies at the Castle: Once upon a Mansion | Sat, Jan 6, 2024 9:15am – 10:00am

Leave your strollers at the door and carry your baby through a tour of Once upon a Mansion: ASI’s 73rd Holiday Experience before ASI opens to the public. This unique tour is designed for babies up to 18 months and their caregivers. Tours are approximately 30 minutes followed by an additional 15 minutes of sensory play.

🏰📦👑 Special Edition Kids at the Castle: The Box King | Fri, Jan 19, 2024 9:00am – 10:00am

Told with hand carved marionettes and a transforming cardboard box, The Box King is a family show following two kingdoms. One with a queen and a kingdom that is clean and very well organized. One with a king and a kingdom that is incredibly forgetful but full of the happiest people you will ever meet.

These two kingdoms are joined together through the marriage of their leaders. But, what happens when the king loses the queen and cannot remember who anyone is any longer? Is putting everything and everyone into boxes the way to keep things organized, or is there more to an organized kingdom?

✨ Our Youth & Family programs also offer field trips designed for students. Our team is flexible and excited to provide the best experience tailored to your unique educational goals! ASI is currently booking dates through Summer 2024.

• Tours are $8 per student. These are guided tours of either the Turnblad Mansion or the current exhibition. Some dates throughout the year are unavailable.
• Miscellaneous Workshops are $10. These can include a tour at no additional cost. Examples would be if an educator wanted to combine a tour and an artifact analysis activity, the fee would still be $10 per student. Students can either examine Swedish Immigration artifacts or “Swedish holidays throughout the year” artifacts. The miscellaneous workshop could also be a handcraft workshop that uses paper.
• Handcraft Workshop is $16. Similar to the workshops above, these can be combined with a tour and the cost will still be $16 per student. Chaperones can’t do the handicraft workshop. Examples are wooden Dala horses, needle felting, etc.
How to book a field trip
• Email Youth & Family Programs Coordinator Lindsey Tscherne

🎂🎈 Looking for a birthday party venue? Create a fun and memorable themed party for your special birthday child (or grandchild). They’ll love it, their friends will love it, and you’ll love it, too, because ASI will do the set up and clean up and organize all the activities!

Birthday parties can be booked on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons (1 to 3 pm) depending on availability. Birthday party must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance to help staff plan your party. Perfect for kids turning 5 to 12.

Birthday Parties include:
Five options for party theme: Pippi Longstocking, Viking, Moomin inspired, Dala Horse Handcraft, or Princesstårta (Swedish Cake).
2-hour Room Rental. 1.5 Hours Facilitated Activities / 30-minute Social Time (cake and presents)
ASI Party Staff
ASI branded cups for all the party guests to bring home
Birthday Decorations
Museum Admission for all youth birthday party guests

The American Swedish Institute is a vibrant arts and cultural organization that engages locally and connects globally. With a campus including the historic Turnblad Mansion and the Nelson Cultural Center, ASI uses its resources to be a valuable community asset and integral partner in Minneapolis.

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.