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May 3, 2016

Register Now for “City of Big Drinkers” Lecture Followed by Sip and See at Simon’s Tavern

Skal-Logotype-ColorProhibitionLong before Capone and speakeasies took hold of Chicago, this area was one of the great battlegrounds in the temperance wars that swept the country and polarized American society after the Civil War. This presentation will examine what alcoholic beverages meant to immigrants and their sense of identity as they fought to make places for themselves and their Old World traditions in a new country. This lecture given by Indiana University’s Jim Seaver will be followed by a sip and see at Simon’s Tavern where you will see Clark Street’s own speakeasy courtesy of Simon’s owner Scott Martin. Reserve your space for this Thursday, May 12 event today!

Museum Celebrates 40 Years with #OnThisDay

Week 62016 marks the 40th anniversary of the Swedish American Museum. Each day this year, we will feature a Swedish-American fact to commemorate our ‪#‎40YearsInAville‬ and the Swedish roots of our community. You can find these ‪#‎OnThisDay‬ facts on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds as well as at the Museum’s front desk. Click here to see what you missed from the previous week.

April 27, 2016

Drinking Culture: Explore “Skål!”

Skal-Logotype-ColorThis Friday explore our newest exhibit “Skål! Scandinavian Spirits” at Start with Art running from 9 a.m. to noon or come in the evening with the kids for Family Night from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Both of these events encourage the community to come out and see the exhibit and learn about Scandinavian drinking culture from the consumption of aquavit down to the prohibition movement and beyond.

Explore Space on Moon Monday

image4The Buzz Aldrin Education Cart will be available for exploration on Monday, May 2 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Moon Mondays will allow guests at the Swedish American Museum and the Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration to enrich the experience of the Buzz Aldrin: Space Visionary exhibit. This complement to our Buzz Aldrin: Space Visionary exhibit was made possible through a grant from the Swedish Council of America.

Museum Celebrates 40 Years with #OnThisDay

Week 62016 marks the 40th anniversary of the Swedish American Museum. Each day this year, we will feature a Swedish-American fact to commemorate our ‪#‎40YearsInAville‬ and the Swedish roots of our community. You can find these ‪#‎OnThisDay‬ facts on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds as well as at the Museum’s front desk. Click here to see what you missed from the previous week.

April 19, 2016

Children’s Museum Open Extended Hours This Week

Looking for something to do with the kids now that Chicago Public Schools are out for Spring Break? Join us for activities all week long at the Swedish American Museum and Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this week Monday through Friday!

Chicago’s Swedish Groups–Then and Now

Permanent Exhibit 1This Saturday at the monthly genealogy session, join members of the Swedish American Genealogical Society as they learn about Swedish organizations that are alive and kicking in Chicagoland today. The session lasts from 10 a.m. to noon. Stick around the Museum for a tour of our permanent exhibit and find a little more about Swedish organizations from the early days of immigration and beyond. The tour starts at 1 p.m. Reservations are appreciated for both events; costs apply.

Museum Celebrates 40 Years with #OnThisDay

Week 62016 marks the 40th anniversary of the Swedish American Museum. Each day this year, we will feature a Swedish-American fact to commemorate our ‪#‎40YearsInAville‬ and the Swedish roots of our community. You can find these ‪#‎OnThisDay‬ facts on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds as well as at the Museum’s front desk. Click here to see what you missed from the previous week.

April 12, 2016

Find Deals at the Tantalizing Treasures Sale

SAM-TantalizingTreasures-blueongoldThis Saturday, April 16 join us at the Swedish American Museum from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the  Tantalizing Treasures Sale, the Museum’s biennial fundraiser. At this high-end rummage sale you will find furniture, jewelry, household items, Swedish collectibles, art, silver, crystal, children’s items and more. Museum members are invited to a preview event taking place on Friday, April 15 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Want to come to the preview party, but not a member? Join now!

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Volunteer Opportunities at the Museum

Come join our impressive volunteer corps! This week we have a Special Day of Volunteering on Thursday, April 14 where volunteers–new and old–can join us for a few hours or all day. Volunteers can work in a numbers of areas from helping out in the Store and conducting research to prepping for the Treasures Sale and more. Also needed this week are volunteers for the Tantalizing Treasures Sale on Saturday, April 16. Email us if you have a couple of hours to give!

Museum Celebrates 40 Years with #OnThisDay

Week 62016 marks the 40th anniversary of the Swedish American Museum. Each day this year, we will feature a Swedish-American fact to commemorate our ‪#‎40YearsInAville‬ and the Swedish roots of our community. You can find these ‪#‎OnThisDay‬ facts on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds as well as at the Museum’s front desk. Click here to see what you missed from the previous week.

April 5, 2016

Honors 2016Museum Named Arts Organization of the Year

The Swedish American Museum was awarded the honor Arts Organization of the Year at this year’s Andersonville Honors Gala. Thank you to those who nominated us and have voted for us!

Find Deals at the Tantalizing Treasures Sale

SAM-TantalizingTreasures-blueongoldOn Saturday, April 16 join us at the Swedish American Museum from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the  Tantalizing Treasures Sale, the Museum’s biennial fundraiser. At this high-end rummage sale you will find furniture, jewelry, household items, Swedish collectibles, art, silver, crystal, children’s items and more. Museum members are invited to a preview event taking place on Friday, April 15 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Want to come to the preview party, but not a member? Join now!

“Skål! Scandinavian Spirits” Now Open

Skal-Logotype-ColorA new exhibit is now open at the Swedish American Museum. “Skål! Scandinavian Spirits,” curated by the Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn, Iowa, explores the role of aquavit and beer as symbols of Scandinavian heritage.

Museum Celebrates 40 Years with #OnThisDay

Week 62016 marks the 40th anniversary of the Swedish American Museum. Each day this year, we will feature a Swedish-American fact to commemorate our ‪#‎40YearsInAville‬ and the Swedish roots of our community. You can find these ‪#‎OnThisDay‬ facts on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds as well as at the Museum’s front desk. Click here to see what you missed from the previous week.

March 29, 2016

“Skål! Scandinavian Spirits” Exhibit Opening Day Features an Aquavit Tasting

Skal-Logotype-ColorA new exhibit will open at the Swedish American Museum on April 1. “Skål! Scandinavian Spirits,” curated by the Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn, Iowa, explores the role of aquavit and beer as symbols of Scandinavian heritage. Special for opening day is an aquavit tasting led by Christer Olsen from Arcus AS, the biggest aquavit producer in the world. Guests at that program, consisting of two evening tasting sessions, must be 21 years of age or older. Advanced reservations for the tasting are required and can be made online.

Museum Receives Honors Gala Nominations

The Swedish American Museum is nominated in two categories at this year’s Andersonville Honors Gala–Arts Organization of the Year and the Good Neighbor Award. We encourage you to attend the gala on Thursday, March 31. You can buy your tickets here. Thank you to those who nominated us and have voted for us!

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Now Accepting Tantalizing Treasures Donations

SAM-TantalizingTreasures-blueongoldGet your spring cleaning done early this year and donate to the Tantalizing Treasures Sale, the Swedish American Museum’s biannual fundraiser to be held on April 16 this year. The Museum is currently accepting furniture, jewelry, household items, Swedish collectibles, art, silver, crystal, children’s items, and more. Donations for this year’s sale should be received by April 1. Click here to download the donation form. Have a large donation that you need to have arranged to be picked up or something you would like to sell on consignment? Fill out this supplement form and we will do our best to accommodate you. Your donation is also tax-deductible as the Museum is a 501(c)(3)!

Museum Celebrates 40 Years with #OnThisDay

Week 62016 marks the 40th anniversary of the Swedish American Museum. Each day this year, we will feature a Swedish-American fact to commemorate our ‪#‎40YearsInAville‬ and the Swedish roots of our community. You can find these ‪#‎OnThisDay‬ facts on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds as well as at the Museum’s front desk. Click here to see what you missed from the previous week.

March 24, 2016

The Museum will be closed on Friday, March 25 and Sunday, March 27 in observance of Good Friday and Easter. Happy Easter! Glad Påsk!

“Skål! Scandinavian Spirits” Exhibit Opening Day Features an Aquavit Tasting

Skal-Logotype-ColorA new exhibit will open at the Swedish American Museum on April 1. “Skål! Scandinavian Spirits,” curated by the Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn, Iowa, explores the role of aquavit and beer as symbols of Scandinavian heritage. Special for opening day is an aquavit tasting led by Christer Olsen from Arcus AS, the biggest aquavit producer in the world. Guests at that program, consisting of two evening tasting sessions, must be 21 years of age or older. Advanced reservations for the tasting are required and can be made online.

Museum Receives Honors Gala Nominations

The Swedish American Museum is nominated in two categories at this year’s Andersonville Honors Gala–Arts Organization of the Year and the Good Neighbor Award. We encourage you to attend the gala on Thursday, March 31. You can buy your tickets here. Thank you to those who nominated us and have voted for us!

Finalist - Good Neighbor Award WHITE Finalist - Arts Organization of the Year WHITE

Now Accepting Tantalizing Treasures Donations

SAM-TantalizingTreasures-blueongoldGet your spring cleaning done early this year and donate to the Tantalizing Treasures Sale, the Swedish American Museum’s biannual fundraiser to be held on April 16 this year. The Museum is currently accepting furniture, jewelry, household items, Swedish collectibles, art, silver, crystal, children’s items, and more. Donations for this year’s sale should be received by April 1. Click here to download the donation form. Have a large donation that you need to have arranged to be picked up or something you would like to sell on consignment? Fill out this supplement form and we will do our best to accommodate you. Your donation is also tax-deductible as the Museum is a 501(c)(3)!

Museum Celebrates 40 Years with #OnThisDay

Week 62016 marks the 40th anniversary of the Swedish American Museum. Each day this year, we will feature a Swedish-American fact to commemorate our ‪#‎40YearsInAville‬ and the Swedish roots of our community. You can find these ‪#‎OnThisDay‬ facts on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds as well as at the Museum’s front desk. Click here to see what you missed from the previous week.

March 14, 2016

Museum Honored by Honors Gala Nominations

The Swedish American Museum is nominated in two categories at this year’s Andersonville Honors Gala–Arts Organization of the Year and the Good Neighbor Award. We encourage you to attend the gala on Thursday, March 31. You can buy your tickets here. Thank you to those who nominated us and have voted for us!

Finalist - Good Neighbor Award WHITE Finalist - Arts Organization of the Year WHITE

Explore Swedish Easter Traditions

From decorations and treats that can be purchased at the Kerstin Andersson Museum Store to events like Easter Crafts for Kids this Tuesday and our special Easter smorgasbord on Saturday, March 26, Easter is in the air. We hope you can join us and uncover the special traditions and food of a Swedish Easter.

Now Accepting Tantalizing Treasures Donations

SAM-TantalizingTreasures-blueongoldGet your spring cleaning done early this year and donate to the Tantalizing Treasures Sale, the Swedish American Museum’s biannual fundraiser to be held on April 16 this year. The Museum is currently accepting furniture, jewelry, household items, Swedish collectibles, art, silver, crystal, children’s items, and more. Donations for this year’s sale should be received by April 1. Click here to download the donation form. Have a large donation that you need to have arranged to be picked up or something you would like to sell on consignment? Fill out this supplement form and we will do our best to accommodate you. Your donation is also tax-deductible as the Museum is a 501(c)(3)!

Museum Celebrates 40 Years with #OnThisDay

Week 62016 marks the 40th anniversary of the Swedish American Museum. Each day this year, we will feature a Swedish-American fact to commemorate our ‪#‎40YearsInAville‬ and the Swedish roots of our community. You can find these ‪#‎OnThisDay‬ facts on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds as well as at the Museum’s front desk. Click here to see what you missed from the previous week.

March 10, 2016

This Week–Pippi, Swedish Argentina and More!

DSC_0384Back this week is Scandinavian Dances. Join in on the fun this Friday! Speaking of fun–Pippi is at the Museum on Saturday at Pancakes with Pippi. Introduce your kids to one of Sweden’s most famous characters. Looking to enrich your knowledge about Sweden in the world? Come for a free lecture on Sunday as Dr. Jane Florine discusses past Swedish immigration to Argentina and its cultural legacy there.

Museum Celebrates 40 Years with #OnThisDay

Week 62016 marks the 40th anniversary of the Swedish American Museum. Each day this year, we will feature a Swedish-American fact to commemorate our ‪#‎40YearsInAville‬ and the Swedish roots of our community. You can find these ‪#‎OnThisDay‬ facts on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds as well as at the Museum’s front desk. Click here to see what you missed from the previous week.

Now Accepting Tantalizing Treasures Donations

SAM-TantalizingTreasures-blueongoldGet your spring cleaning done early this year and donate to the Tantalizing Treasures Sale, the Swedish American Museum’s biannual fundraiser to be held on April 16 this year. The Museum is currently accepting furniture, jewelry, household items, Swedish collectibles, art, silver, crystal, children’s items, and more. Donations for this year’s sale should be received by April 1. Click here to download the donation form. Have a large donation that you need to have arranged to be picked up or something you would like to sell on consignment? Fill out this supplement form and we will do our best to accommodate you. Remember that your donation is also tax-deductible as the Museum is a 501(c)(3)!

March 1, 2016

This Week–Learn to Dance and Enjoy Fried Herring!

DSC_0169 Herring BreakfastWant to pick up some new moves this week? Join experienced instructors Paul and Linda Westergren Muhr as they teach Scandinavian Dances the first three Fridays of March. Finish off the week by dining at our popular biannual Herring Breakfast catered by Tre Kronor. Reservations for Herring Breakfast close soon–don’t miss out!

Museum Celebrates 40 Years with #OnThisDay

Week 62016 marks the 40th anniversary of the Swedish American Museum. Each day this year, we will feature a Swedish-American fact to commemorate our ‪#‎40YearsInAville‬ and the Swedish roots of our community. You can find these ‪#‎OnThisDay‬ facts on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds as well as at the Museum’s front desk. Click here to see what you missed from the previous week.

Now Accepting Tantalizing Treasures Donations

SAM-TantalizingTreasures-blueongoldGet your spring cleaning done early this year and donate to the Tantalizing Treasures Sale, the Swedish American Museum’s biannual fundraiser to be held on April 16 this year. The Museum is currently accepting furniture, jewelry, household items, Swedish collectibles, art, silver, crystal, children’s items, and more. Donations for this year’s sale should be received by April 1. Click here to download the donation form. Have a large donation that you need to have arranged to be picked up or something you would like to sell on consignment? Fill out this supplement form and we will do our best to accommodate you. Remember that your donation is also tax-deductible as the Museum is a 501(c)(3)!

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General Museum:

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

Children's Museum:

  • Monday – Thursday: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Friday : 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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  • Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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  • Chicago, IL 60640

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