Swedish American Museum is a museum of Swedish American topics and the Swedish emigration to the United States, located in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago.Plan to visit Swedish American Museum and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Chicago attractions using our Chicago day trip planner.
The Swedish American Museum in Chicago was founded by Kurt Mathisson in 1976. It moved to its current location on 5211 North Clark Street in 1987. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden was present at the museum's founding and at its move to its new home. The museum is housed in a 24,000-square-foot (2,200 m2), three-story building and has a collection of approximately 12,000 objects. It is a core member of the Chicago Cultural Alliance, a consortium of 25 ethnic museums and cultural centers in Chicago.
The iconic water tower above the museum was removed on March 20, 2014, after being damaged during the harsh winter.
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Free parking is around the block! Ask at the front desk for directions. The adult admission is $ 6 only. Therefore you get plenty of information about the Swedish community and why and how...
Free parking is around the block! Ask at the front desk for directions. The adult admission is $ 6 only. Therefore you get plenty of information about the Swedish community and why and how... more »
Andersonville is a delightful neighborhood in north Chicago with a strong Swedish heritage. I've been to Chicago many a times but never to this specific neighborhood. While checking out the cafes...
Andersonville is a delightful neighborhood in north Chicago with a strong Swedish heritage. I've been to Chicago many a times but never to this specific neighborhood. While checking out the cafes... more »
It has grown over the years. It is in the perfect Swedish neighborhood (Andersonville) for this museum. The top floor where the kids can interact and play is probably my favorite. Afterwards go across the street and get some delicious glug slushie at Simon's!
Surprisingly extensive permanent exhibits. The bottom gallery rotates exhibits and bring in some very impressive artists and pieces. Was great to read all about the famous American brands that were started by Swedes! Kids museum and play area is fantastic, lots too keep the little ones entertained.
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