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Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Swedish American Museum Center

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  • Learn about the Swedish American experience
  • The Swedish American Museum has a children's museum
  • Tour the museum on a guided or self-guided tour

5211 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
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Features: The American Swedish Chicago Museum was the dream of Kurt Mathiasson, one of the leaders of the Andersonville community and a Swedish immigrant, who always wanted to preserve the Swedish-American heritage in Chicago. The first museum was a small storefront log cabin in which family histories were collected. In 1976, the Museum officially opened. In 1987, the Museum moved to its current location and underwent a Phase I renovation. Even the King of Sweden visited to celebrate the new beginnings of the Swedish American Museum Center. In 1997, the Museum completed its Phase ll renovation adding new gallery space and the donations of the Nordiska Museet exhibit to its permanent collection and display. In 2001, a grand staircase to the second floor permanent exhibit was completed, and the new Children's Museum of Immigration, an interactive, hands-on museum for children ages 3-12, opened on the third floor.

The American Swedish Chicago Museum is located in Andersonville, a traditionally Swedish area of Chicago's north side. The entire community welcomes Swedish Americans and celebrates all of the Swedish holidays. Merchants and residents turn out for the very traditional Midsummer, Lucia and Christmas celebrations. Tourists visit the area continually to sample Swedish food, buy gifts and visit the Museum Center. 

Why We Go: The Swedish American Museum is a great way to learn about the culture and heritage of Swedish Americans.

  • Educational: Fascinating exhibitions and its permanent collection will allow you to learn and feel inspired by the Swedish American experience.
  • Family Friendly: Family aimed activities are regularly provided at the Swedish American Museum Chicago
  • Top Location: The Swedish American Museum is near multiple restaurants, stores and parks.

Inside Knowledge: The Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration is located inside the Swedish American Cultural Center Chicago and is an interactive, hands-on exhibition specifically designed for children to enjoy.

Do's and Don'ts:

  • Do Take Your Time: There is so much to do and see at the Swedish American Cultural Center Chicago you will want to take your time or even opt for a guided tour
  • Do Bring the Kids: Kids will love this museum, especially the Brunk Chidlren's Museum of Immigration
  • Don't Ignore the Area: A plethora of restaurants and boutiques are located near the Swedish American Cultural Center Chicago.
  • Don't Forget to Check What's On: Fun cultural events are regularly held at this Chicago museum, so you may want to check what's on before you visit.