Things to See At the American Swedish Institute

Last Saturday was Museum Day Live! and my Mom and I went to the American Swedish Institute (ASI). If you’re not familiar with Museum Day Live!, here’s the description from

In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, who offer free admission everyday, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket… for free.

The current exhibit at ASI is Push, Twist, Blow – Transforming the Kingdom of Crystal which  showcases innovative pieces by eleven Swedish artists including Fredrik Nielsen (shown in the top right corner).

ASI is located in the historic Turnblad Mansion. The other photos above are:

Top left: Detail from a stained glass window
Bottom left: Detail from one of the 11 tile stoves the Turnblads imported from Sweden.
Bottom right: One of the “barbarians” holding up the fireplace in the grand hall.

Click here to see many annotated pictures of the Turnblad Mansion  at  the Digital Public Library of America.

We also had lunch at FIKA, the cafe at ASI, which was voted best lunch in Minnesota (2013) by the StarTribune.

We split this salad and an open faced salmon sandwich. It was really delicious.

Check out other collages at Mosaic Monday sponsored by Little Red House.


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