Gammelgarden Museum

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  • Adults $7, children under 12 free.


    • April 29, 2019 - December 23, 2019


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  • 11 mi E of I-35 N on Hwy 97; S Co Rd 3 .5 mi. In Scandia, Minnesota.

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  • Accessible to Disabled
  • Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more
  • Scandinavian Heritage

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  1. 4th Thursday Smorgasbord

    20971 Olinda Trail N
    Scandia, MN 55073
    Call: (651) 433-5053

    Enjoy $2 off our regularly priced $7 tour by purchasing a combo ticket for 4th Thursday Smorgasbord. Choose your tour time, 10 am or 1 pm. Both tour groups will be served Smorgasbord at Elim Church from 11:30 to 1:00. This traditional Swedish meal is available for any size group including couples, families, friends, and groups of all sizes. We can accommodate up to 100 guests, we must have 25 or more total reservations to host this event. Adult ticket price for Smorgasbord $20 plus discounted tour ticket $5. Smorgasbord combo ticket $25. Combo tickets for children under 12 are $10. Arrangements and reservations are required 2 weeks in advance of your visit. Call 651-433-5053 or e-mail

    Traditional Swedish Smorgasbord will feature Swedish meatballs and gravy, parsley buttered boiled potatoes, cheese plate, herring in wine sauce, Scandinavian coleslaw, pickled beets, fresh fruit, bread basket, Wasa crackers, dessert, coffee and lemonade.

  2. Annie's Swedish Coffee Parties

    Annie's Swedish Coffee Parties

    20880 Olinda Trl
    Scandia, MN 55073
    Call: (651) 433-5053

    Annie was the longest resident at Scandia's Gammelgarden - "small farm". We celebrate her tradition of a Coffee Party each 2nd Saturday September through December. A 3-course Swedish coffee party is a perfect way to celebrate birthdays, Red Hat outings, a family get together, or a special treat for yourself and a friend!
    *Learn about life in Minnesota as a Swedish immigrant
    and find out about Swedish history and culture
    *Guided tour of the 5 historic buildings is included September and October. November and December Coffee Parties share in a history discussion with the Museum Director.
    *Visit the Scandia Butik to find wonderful Scandinavian gifts

  3. Bluegrass and Lemonade in the Shade

    Bluegrass and Lemonade in the Shade

    20880 Olinda Trl
    Scandia, MN 55073
    Call: (651) 433-5053

    Pickin', playin' and sippin' in a lovely outdoor setting...all for FREE!! Players and listeners welcome. Lemonade and lawn chairs provided for this family event...Bring your instrument, picnic basket and family. Held each 4th summer Sunday from 2:00 until 4:00.

  4. Gingerbread Tales

    Gingerbread Tales

    20880 Olinda Trl
    Scandia, MN 55073
    Call: (651) 433-5053

    Baking gingerbread originated all the way back in the 10th century! In 1812 Hansel and Gretel was written and the tradition of creating unique hand decorated gingerbread houses began. Join us at the museum for a fun family day decorating your very own gingerbread house. We will hear the story of The Mouse That Ate The House (Sheila Pursglove) over hot cocoa and cookies. Come and see the Gammelgarden buildings created in miniature gingerbread! Then with all the decorating supplies and gingerbread pieces provided, create your very own masterpiece!

    Large houses $10 each; Small houses $5 each. Share the decorating fun as a family on one house, or many.

    Saturday, November 30th 10 am and 1 pm

    Registrations due by Wednesday, November 27th by calling the Museum, 651-433-5053.

  5. Girls & Dolls Tea Parties

    Girls & Dolls Tea Parties

    20880 Olinda Trl
    Scandia, MN 55073
    Call: (651) 433-5053

    Girls ages 6-96 are invited to a fancy tea party with your doll! There will be stories, games, dances, crafts, music centered around historical information of the mid 1800’s. Special Christmas teas will include the legend and celebration of Lucia. It will be a fun afternoon for girls of all ages!

  6. Lucia Dagen

    Lucia Dagen

    14727 - 209th North
    Scandia, MN 55073
    Call: 651-433-5053

    Welcome the Jul season with the celebration of Lucia. Follow the candlelit pathway to the GammelKyrkan for a brief Swedish prayer service. (Dress warmly - this church dates back to 1856 and has no heat.) Afterwards, join us across the street at the Community Center for a full Lucia Jul Fest Breakfast with special guests; the Svenskarnas Dag Girls Choir which presents their lovely music program that honors Lucia and her ministry of bringing light into darkness. Gammelgarden's large exhibit of Lucia artifacts will be on display during the month of December for your enjoyment in our Passage Room of the Valkommen Hus. Lucia Dagen is a family tradition for all ages. Click here for the full Lucia story.

    Sunday, December 9, 2018
    Candlelight Swedish Prayer Service 6am & 8:30am
    Lucia Jul Fest Breakfast & Program: 7am & 9am
    Breakfast $15 / $5 children under 12

  7. Lutfisk and Swedish Meatball Dinner

    Lutfisk and Swedish Meatball Dinner

    20880 Olinda Trl
    Scandia, MN 55073
    Call: (651) 433-5053

    Enjoy a traditional holiday Swedish Smorgasbord starring the famous Swedish Lutfisk served with cream sauce and melted butter accompanied by: glorious Swedish meatballs, rutabagas, red potatoes, rye bread, lefse, pickled beets, pickled herring, fruit soup, rice pudding and other desserts. After dinner, walk off your Lutfisk and head down to the Butik gift shop at the museum to take advantage of our annual sale. 15% discount on ALL items in addition to your member discount of 10%!

  8. Running of the Meatballs

    Running of the Meatballs

    Oak Hill Road
    Scandia, MN 55073
    Call: (651) 433-5053

    Running of the Meatballs is a unique and hilarious downhill race of thousands of “meatballs” (brown painted golf balls). It is not only fun to watch but an important fundraiser for the museum’s ongoing historic building renovation projects. Tickets are $5 apiece or $20 for 5 and can be purchased in the gift shop or from a roaming ticket seller before the race that starts shortly before the Taco Daze parade. The meatballs are released and roll wildly down Oak Hill Road into the chute. Prizes are awarded to the first 10 balls down the hill.

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