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April 21, 2014

Learn About the Viking Discovery of America

Intrepid Viking seafarers leapfrogged their way across the North Atlantic from the 9th century CE. Their voyages led them to settle Iceland and Greenland; and forge contacts in Canada and North America. This presentation hosted by the Nordic Family Genealogy Center at the Museum will be given by Dr. James Borg, Swedish-American scholar, university professor, businessman and collector of Viking antiquities. He will have some Viking and Eskimo artifacts from his extensive collection on display at this lecture. For more information on how to register and cost to attend please click here.

Get an In-Depth Look at “Dream of America” Exhibit

This fascinating guided tour of our permanent exhibit starts in the mid-1800s in Sweden and takes the visitor on a journey from Sweden to the New World, providing insights into the struggles and triumphs of Swedish immigrant life in Chicago. Cost for the tour is $4 adults, $3 seniors and students, members are free. Space is limited; reservations are recommended and can be made via email.

We Need Your Help! Donate to the Water Tower Fund

As you can imagine the cost to remove the historic water tower tank from the roof of the Museum alone was great. As a symbol of Andersonville, we hope to be able to repair and renovate the water tower so it can once again return to the roof of the Museum. If that is not possible, we want to make sure that any new solution would include creating a new iconic landmark for our neighborhood that would honor Andersonville’s Swedish heritage. In order to do this we need your help! You may donate below via PayPal or by mailing or dropping off a gift directly to the Museum.


So far with help from Groupon Grassroots and our generous Museum and neighborhood family, we have raised $30,000 out of an estimated $150,000 needed to restore the water tower tank to the roof. We still have much further to go, but every donation helps bring this historic landmark back to its rightful place in the Andersonville skyline. Thank you for your support!

Parking Lot is Closed

As you may be aware, the water tower tank is awaiting further inspection in our parking lot. Please note that because of this the parking lot is closed and not available for free parking at this time. We appreciate everyone’s patience during this time.

April 18, 2014

It’s an Easter Smörgåsbord!

Celebrate Easter with your friends and family at the Swedish American Museum’s traditional Easter smörgåsbord catered by Tre Kronor. There will also be fun activities for kids including an Easter egg hunt around the Museum. This event is now sold out. Only those with confirmed reservations may attend. Glad Påsk!

Extended Brunk Hours and Special Easter Activities

Looking for something to do with the kids now that Chicago Public Schools are out? Join us for Easter-themed activities all week long at the Swedish American Museum and Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration. Kids will have fun learning about all the interesting Swedish Easter traditions from creating Easter trees with feathers to dressing up as witches! The Children’s Museum will have extended hours Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Click on the daily listings in our calendar to get more details.

Museum Store is Open Friday;
Museum Closed Friday and Sunday

The Kerstin Andersson Museum Store will be open on Friday, April 18, while the rest of the Museum will be closed for Good Friday. The Museum Store and Museum will both be closed on Sunday, April 20 for Easter. The Museum is open as regularly scheduled onSaturday, April 19.

We Need Your Help! Donate to the Water Tower Fund

As you can imagine the cost to remove the historic water tower tank from the roof of the Museum alone was great. As a symbol of Andersonville, we hope to be able to repair and renovate the water tower so it can once again return to the roof of the Museum. If that is not possible, we want to make sure that any new solution would include creating a new iconic landmark for our neighborhood that would honor Andersonville’s Swedish heritage. In order to do this we need your help! You may donate below via PayPal or by mailing or dropping off a gift directly to the Museum.


So far with help from Groupon Grassroots and our generous Museum and neighborhood family, we have raised close to $30,000. We still have much further to go in order to restore the water tower tank, but every donation helps bring this historic landmark back to its rightful place in the Andersonville skyline. Thank you for your support!

Parking Lot is Closed

As you may be aware, the water tower tank is awaiting further inspection in our parking lot. Please note that because of this the parking lot is closed and not available for free parking at this time. We appreciate everyone’s patience during this time.

April 11, 2014

Tantalizing Treasures Sales Start This Week

This biannual fundraiser for the Swedish American Museum is a great place to find gently used items from jewelry and collectibles to furniture and children’s toys and more! You don’t have to be Swedish to make some great finds at this rummage sale from vintage wedding dresses to cubs collectibles and furniture. The Children’s Sale portion of Tantalizing Treasures will benefit the Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration and is located on the third floor. The main event takes place in the gallery on the first floor. Please note that on Saturday the sales spaces open at 8 a.m. and close at 5 p.m., but the Museum itself including the Children’s Museum and Store are following regular hours (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) so plan accordingly. Friday night is the Preview Party where $10 gives you a chance to bid on special items early and enjoy a drink as you browse from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. See you there!

We Need Your Help! Donate to the Water Tower Fund

As you can imagine the cost to remove the historic water tower tank from the roof of the Museum alone was great. As a symbol of Andersonville, we hope to be able to repair and renovate the water tower so it can once again return to the roof of the Museum. If that is not possible, we want to make sure that any new solution would include creating a new iconic landmark for our neighborhood that would honor Andersonville’s Swedish heritage. In order to do this we need your help! You may donate below via PayPal or by mailing or dropping off a gift directly to the Museum.


So far with help from Groupon Grassroots and our generous Museum and neighborhood family, we have raised close to $30,000. We still have much further to go in order to restore the water tower tank, but every donation helps bring this historic landmark back to its rightful place in the Andersonville skyline. Thank you for your support!

Parking Lot is Closed

As you may be aware, the water tower tank is awaiting further inspection in our parking lot. Please note that because of this the parking lot is closed and not available for free parking at this time. We appreciate everyone’s patience during this time.

March 25, 2014

Museum Has Reopened; Parking Lot Remains Closed

We are excited to reopen the Museum after last week’s closure. Both our temporary and permanent exhibits, as well as the Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration will resume regular hours this week. As you may be aware, the water tower tank atop the Museum has now been removed and is awaiting further inspection in our parking lot. Please note that because of this the parking lot is closed and not available for free parking at this time.  We appreciate everyone’s support during this time.

We Need Your Help! Donate to the Water Tower Fund

As you can imagine the cost to remove the historic water tower tank from the roof of the Museum alone was great. As a symbol of Andersonville, we hope to be able to repair and renovate the water tower so it can once again return to the roof of the Museum. If that is not possible, we want to make sure that any new solution would include creating a new iconic landmark for our neighborhood that would honor Andersonville’s Swedish heritage. In order to do this we need your help! Currently, we are working with the folks at Groupon Grassroots to run a campaign to raise funds. All donations are tax-deductible and can be made via Groupon. If you are unable to donate through Groupon you may do so by clicking the PayPal link below.

We want to update you that so far we have raised $22,000 through Groupon, as well as through donations made directly to the Museum! We hope to make it to $25,000 by the one-week anniversary of the water tower tank removal, but we need your help. Every amount helps us bring this historic landmark back to its rightful place in the Andersonville skyline. Thank you for your support!


Donation Deadline for the Treasures Sale is April 1

This biannual fundraiser for the Swedish American Museum is a great place to find gently used items from jewelry and collectibles to furniture and children’s toys and more! Want to help us out and clear out space in your own home? Email us to find out how you can donate items to the sale or give us a call at 773.728.8111. Donations are accepted through Tuesday, April 1. Ready to drop your donations to the Museum? Just bring a completed donation form to leave with your items.

March 17, 2014

The Museum is Closed Until Further Notice

Due to unforeseen repairs needed to the water tank, the Museum will be closed to the public until further notice. All events are canceled until the Museum reopens. With the severe winter weather Chicago has experienced this year, the Museum’s Water Tower has sustained damage. At the advice of consultants the tank needs to be removed. The Museum is in contact with the appropriate authorities, and we will provide updates as they become available.

The polling place for Tuesday’s election has been moved to North Shore Baptist at 5244 N. Lakewood. Thanks for your patience!

Reseraching Your Heritage with Arkiv Digital

On Saturday, March 22, the Nordic Family Genealogy Center at the Swedish American Museum will host a genealogy session on using Arkiv Digital to bring color to your own Swedish heritage research. This presentation will be led by Kathy Meade, one of North America’s top experts in the field of Swedish genealogy. Reservations are recommended and can be made via email. For information on cost please click here.

Live Painting of the New Dala Horse in our Lobby

In the coming months, the newly-delivered fiberglass sibling to the original Dala Horse will be painted live at the Museum by artist Greg Gaw. Call ahead to see if the artist is at the Museum or take a chance and drop on in. Once the painting of the replica is complete, the new Dala Horse will be placed at the original Dala Horse’s home on the corner of Clark and Farragut, while the old Dala Horse takes on the new task of greeting Museum guests at our entrance.

March 4, 2014

“Mapping Empty Spaces” Exhibit Opens Friday

Come and raise a glass to our newest  exhibit, “Mapping Empty Spaces,” which presents a modern look at immigrants’ stories both past and present. In this debut, Swedish artist Peter Hammar reexamines–with a twist–some universal questions about past and present, loss and gain, absence, selective memory, myths and popular Swedish culture through his mixed media pieces and installations. The festivities kick off at 6 p.m. this Friday. The artist will be at the opening, as well as at Saturday’s Gallery Walk.

The Dala Horse and its New Sibling are Back!

One of Andersonville’s most-loved landmarks, the Dala Horse, is back in the neighborhood! Years of being in the elements took their toll on the wooden Dala Horse, but now after restoration the Dala Horse is looking terrific. Special thanks go out to the fine team at Restoration Division for all their great work in bringing the Dala Horse back to Clark Street.

In the coming months, the newly-delivered fiberglass sibling to the original Dala Horse will be painted live at the Museum by artist Greg Gaw. The more-durable replica will eventually be placed at the original Dala Horse’s home on the corner of Clark and Farragut, while the old Dala Horse takes on the new task of greeting Museum guests at our entrance.

January 27, 2014

Start with Art Returns on Friday

Start your morning off with some culture to go with your coffee at Start with Art on Friday, Jan. 31 from 9 a.m. to noon. During that morning you can take in the Dressing Swedish exhibit for free until noon.

Dressing Swedish Exhibit Now Open

Each and every one of us gets dressed in the morning, all through our lives, all over the world. Clothes fulfill basic needs of protection and creativity while at the same time communicating a sense of belonging and cultural heritage, especially for special occasions. What does it mean to dress Swedish? Find out by visiting our newest exhibit Dressing Swedish: From Hazelius to Salander, now open through Sunday, Feb. 23.

January 19, 2014

Designer to Speak about “Dressing Swedish”

Join us for dinner and a lecture on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 5 p.m. as Laurie Jacobi–a storyteller in wool and one of the designers featured in our current exhibit Dressing Swedish–discusses how she, as a first generation Swedish-American designer, is influenced by her own Swedish heritage. A sampling of her designs featuring natural fibers and the highest quality craftsmanship will be available for sale at this evening event.

Save the Dates for Spring

We have many exciting events for you this spring from annual favorites like the Herring Breakfast and Pancakes with Pippi to interesting lectures and concerts. Click here to view a draft schedule for our spring events and stay tuned as we update the website with new programs.

Dressing Swedish Exhibit Now Open

Each and every one of us gets dressed in the morning, all through our lives, all over the world. Clothes fulfill basic needs of protection and creativity while at the same time communicating a sense of belonging and cultural heritage, especially for special occasions. What does it mean to dress Swedish? Find out by visiting our newest exhibit Dressing Swedish: From Hazelius to Salander.

January 15, 2014

Free Fun at Family Night This Friday!

Join us for an evening of crafts and activities for the whole family from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in celebration of our new art exhibit, Dressing Swedish: From Hazelius to Salander. Kids can design their own clothing while the adults take in the exhibit in our gallery space. Light refreshments will be served and lots of fun will be had by all! This is a free event, but reservations are recommended and can be made via email or call us at 773.728.8111.

Save the Dates for Spring

We have many exciting events for you this spring from annual favorites like the Herring Breakfast and Pancakes with Pippi to interesting lectures and concerts. Click here to view a draft schedule for our spring events and stay tuned as we update the website with new programs.

Dressing Swedish Exhibit Now Open

Each and every one of us gets dressed in the morning, all through our lives, all over the world. Clothes fulfill basic needs of protection and creativity while at the same time communicating a sense of belonging and cultural heritage, especially for special occasions. What does it mean to dress Swedish? Find out by visiting our newest exhibit Dressing Swedish: From Hazelius to Salander.

December 23, 2013

Continue the Giving Spirit By Donating to the Museum

‘Tis the season for giving. We hope you have had a chance to experience some of the many great holiday traditions and celebrations we hold so dear at the Swedish American Museum. We couldn’t do it without you–our members and patrons. It is our dream to continue to build the Museum into a resource for Swedish-Americans, art lovers, children, families and the many others who support and participate in our myriad activities. All donations are welcome and tax-deductible. Please click here to learn about the ways you can give back to the Museum and make your online donation today. God Jul! Merry Christmas!

The Museum Invades Downtown in December

This month you don’t have to trek to Andersonville to get your dose of Swedish-American culture in Chicago. We are taking part in the Chicago Cultural Alliance’s World’s Winter, an exhibit that presents ethnic holiday traditions including crafts, decorations and ceremonies from across Chicago’s many diverse communities. You can find our display at 22 S. Wabash. Click here to download the postcard with gallery and location details for the full exhibit. See you downtown!

Holiday Hours in Effect Now through the New Year

‘Tis the season for the Museum’s holiday hours to begin! Our hours through the New Year are listed below. Please note that there has been a change in the schedule–the Kerstin Andersson Museum Store will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 27 and Saturday, Dec. 28, as well as on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 and Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014.

Museum & Museum Store
Nov. 29 through Jan. 5, 2014
Monday – Thursday
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday
9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration
Nov. 29 through Dec. 23
Monday – Thursday
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Dec. 26 through Jan. 5, 2014
Monday – Friday
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Museum is Closed

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, and Monday, Jan. 6

Information

Hours

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.

Museum Store:

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

Location

  • 5211 N. Clark St.
  • Chicago, IL 60640

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