American Swedish Institute

A nonprofit organization

235 Donors

Engaging locally and connecting globally around culture, migration, the environment and the arts. 


"A model of how a small institution can attract visitors with exciting programming" - Wall Street Journal

The American Swedish Institute (ASI) is a vibrant arts and cultural organization dedicated to bridging divides between people and generations through shared experiences around themes of culture, migration, the environment and the arts.

Located in the Phillips West neighborhood of Minneapolis, Minnesota, ASI offers world-class exhibitions of art and craft, unique educational programs that highlights the cuisine, handcraft, music, language, and history of Sweden and the Nordic region, and major cultural events including Cocktails at the Castle and Julmarknad, ASI's popular holiday market.

Through these and other programs, ASI serves more than 150,000 individuals each year.

ASI's innovative, community-informed programming empowers participants to deepen a sense of community among neighbors and global citizens. Its community enrichment programs support under-resourced areas of area schools, and seek to improve upon the well-being of residents in the Phillips West neighborhood. At the same time, ASI extends its arms throughout the Midwest to support and promote Swedish and Nordic culture and heritage.

ASI is the proud steward of the Turnblad Mansion, an historic building on the National Register. Built in 1908 by Swan J. Turnblad, the iconic 33-room Mansion became home to the American Swedish Institute in 1929. 

In 2012, ASI expanded its campus to include the 35,000 square foot Nelson Cultural Center. This LEED Gold certified environmentally-friendly building houses classroom, community and gallery spaces, and is home to FIKA Café, an award-winning restaurant serving New Nordic cuisine and hand-made Swedish pastries. 

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The American Swedish Institute is a gathering place for all people to share experiences around  themes of culture, migration, the environment and the arts, all informed by enduring links to Sweden.


The American Swedish institute will be a leading museum and cultural center of international reputation which invites all people to gather to connect their pasts to their shared future, to understand their heritage in relation to others, and to discover their role as neighbors and global citizens. Vibrant, ongoing ties to Sweden will illuminate and inspire all these endeavors. 

ASI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization and greatly depends on gifts from individuals and organizations to achieve its mission.

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American Swedish Institute

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Arts & Culture International

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2600 Park Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55407



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