American Swedish Institute

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  • Museum admission: $12 adults; $8 ages 62+; $6 ages 6-18 and students with ID; FREE for ASI members and children ages 5 and under. Free parking.


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  • Open 10am-5pm Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 10am-8pm Wednesdays; 12pm-5pm Sundays. FIKA open 8:30am-5pm Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; 8:30am-8pm Wednesdays, 11am-5pm Sundays. Full service menu from 11am-3pm (11-8 Wednesdays).

Green Practices

  • Desc of Green Practices in Place: Minnesota's first LEED Gold Certified Museum! Features include 2 green roofs, 2 bee hives and 96 geothermal wells.
  • Waste Reduction/Reuse/Recycling
  • Water Conservation/Wastewater Mgmt Plan
  • Energy Efficiency/Conservation
  • Eco-Friendly Landscape/Facility Design
  • Eco-Friendly Purchasing Practices
  • Organic or Local Food & Beverage Choices

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

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  1. “The Vikings Begin”

    “The Vikings Begin”

    2600 Park Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55407-1090
    Call: (612) 871-4907

    "The Vikings Begin" is an exciting exhibition that features dozens of early Viking artifacts from boat graves discovered at a site in central Sweden. These incredibly well-preserved objects, many of which are 1400 years old, tell the story of the rise of the Viking Age - of when, why and how Viking society began, as well as the stores of the people buried with them. The exhibition is based on cutting-edge research that sheds new light on Viking society, the role of women and maritime innovation that allowed the Vikings to reach faraway lands. This collection of artifacts has not been outside of Scandinavia until this year, and the American Swedish Institute is the first museum in the Midwest to host the exhibition.
    "The Vikings Begin" is produced by Sweden's Uppsala University and its Gustavianum museum, and presented by Viking.

  2. Cocktails at the Castle

    Cocktails at the Castle

    2600 Park Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55407-1090
    Call: (612) 871-4907

    Your favorite museum party is about to get wild – embark on an adventure through the American Swedish Institute’s The Vikings Begin exhibition as you rock the night away at the Castle.

    A line-up of lady powerhouses will provide a feast for your ears for the evening. The haunting Half Tramp kicks things off, then we’ll turn it up a notch with Monica LaPlante. Afterward, Aby Wolf’s atmospheric vocals will keep you swaying on the Castle lawn through the evening. The music won’t stop there: head inside for a dance party fueled by DJ power-duo Pink Rink.

    This Norse night out will also include rune carving demonstrations, Falconry 101 with the Raptor Center, live ale-bowl turning and pop-up performances. And, of course, FIKA will be serving up their signature cocktails and delectable festival food.

  3. Kraftskiva – Crayfish Party at ASI

    Kraftskiva – Crayfish Party at ASI

    2600 Park Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55407-1090
    Call: (612) 871-4907

    Helan gar ... the annual Kraftskiva, or Crayfish Party, is a summer tradition at the American Swedish Institute! The festive meal features pounds of crayfish steeped in crown dill brine, along with bread, cheese and other sides. Every guest will receive a shot of aquavit with which to skal - and there will be plenty of opportunities for that with our hosts leading rousing drinking songs! (A big 'tack' to O. P. Anderson Aquavit, the official sponsors of the skal). Put on your party hats and experience a Swedish summer party like none other!

    Cocktail hour begins at 6:30 p.m. (Dinner served at 7 p.m.) A cash bar will be available. This is a 21+ event.

  4. The Vikings Begin

    The Vikings Begin

    2600 Park Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55407-1090
    Call: (612) 871-4907

    This extraordinary new exhibition features dozens of early Viking artifacts from boat graves, organized by Uppsala University in Sweden and its museum, Gustavianum, which is home to one of the world’s finest collections of Viking and pre-Viking objects.

    Based on cutting-edge research by Neil Price, Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson and John Ljungkvist, the exhibition at ASI is the Midwest premiere of a collection that has never been outside of Scandinavia until this year, with many finds that are around 1400 years old. With Viking helmets, swords and weapons for attack and defense, as well as jewelry, glass vessels, bowls and other objects with magical importance, the artifacts tell stories both about the society and the people buried with them.

    The installation is divided into thematic sections on Viking warfare, maritime trade, a ship burial, Norse gods, the Baltic Sea and geo-political relationships to other cultures, shedding new light on how early Viking society was organized, the role of women and the development of maritime innovation that enabled the Vikings to reach faraway lands in the East and the West.

  5. Through the Years: Holidays at ASI

    Through the Years: Holidays at ASI

    2600 Park Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55407-1090
    Call: (612) 871-4907

    This year’s holiday exhibition commemorates the 90th anniversary of the American Swedish Institute. How have holiday traditions changed over time? How have ASI’s holiday celebrations changed? Take a step back in time and explore the holiday tradition from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Finland and this year’s guest – the Celtic community.

    The Jul exhibit opens with the Family Day festival on Saturday, November 16. Enjoy performances, crafts and other activities for all ages. Included in museum admission.

Meetings & Conferences

  • Facility accommodates meetings for 30 or more
  • Meetings Website
  • Meeting/Convention Facilities (maximum capacity): 1000
  • Banquet Facilities (maximum capacity): 250
  • Number of Meeting Rooms: 11
  • Exhibit Space (sq ft): 35000
  • On-site Catering Required

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