American Swedish Institute

American Swedish Institute

At the turn of the century, wealth and affluence were displayed for all to see.  The Turnblad Mansion is one such example of this.  Now home to the American Swedish Institute (ASI), this castle in the heart of the city, is now a museum and cultural center.  In addition to featuring exhibits about Nordic culture, local artists are also featured, and there are group and public tours available as well as event space.  The American Swedish Institute is also home to the Consulate General of Sweden in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa.

Historic and contemporary settings are available at ASI.  The Grand Hall and Salon are ideal for small ceremonies and receptions.  The Nelson Cultural Center has the option for 250-400 guests, depending on layout needs.  The ASI courtyard accommodates 200-500 guests and can be used for weddings, receptions, and events of all sorts. Many more options abound as well.  Look through all of the pictures available on the website for ideas.

For smaller engagements, the Stuga room in the mansion may be used for board meetings or luncheons.  There are also two classrooms by Paulsen Hall, which could host up to 100 for a mini-convention with breakout sessions for smaller meetings.  In the Cultural Center, the Folke Bernadotte room can seat up to 60 guests.  There is also a Studio Classroom for hands-on demonstrations.

In house, catering is done by Slate and Stone.  A full-service bar is available.  Check out their website here: for an excellent overview of space and food offerings.  There’s even a listing of accommodations and business partners, so your event will flow with sight, sound, and enjoyment.   

Free parking is available at their lot on 27th street and Park Avenue.  Handicap parking can be found on the North East side of the building.  

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