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American Swedish Institute

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About American Swedish Institute

American Swedish Institute is a mansion wedding venue located on the Golden Mile of Park Avenue in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The 33 room mansion was built in 1904 as a private residence by Swan Turnblad, the owner of the largest Swedish language newspaper in the United States. The Turnblad Mansion was then donated to the American Swedish Institute in 1929 to become a place where people could gather and connect their pasts to their shared future. The American Swedish Institute is also home to an ample and flexible outdoor space, as well as the Nelson Cultural Center which provides a selection of contemporary event spaces. Their team of event professionals has over 20 years of experience in hosting and planning large scale galas, weddings, and events.

Facilities and Capacity

The American Swedish Institute can accommodate up to 280 wedding guests in its upscale historic and modern event venues, and its expansive private outdoor spaces, all within the city limits. The mansion can accommodate small ceremonies or cocktail receptions of between 20 and 60 guests. The lawn and courtyard offer space for ceremonies, cocktail parties, and dinners of up to 250 guests, while the Nelson Cultural Center offers space for cocktail parties, ceremonies, and receptions for up to 280 guests.

Services Offered

The American Swedish Institute is a full-service wedding venue available to host engagement parties, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, wedding ceremonies, and receptions. The various space options offer customization and flexibility to suit your needs. As a full-service venue, they can provide custom options or all-inclusive packages, in-house catering and bartending, event rentals, lighting and sound, WiFi, and liability insurance. Couples may bring in their own vendors for entertainment, floral, decor, styling, planning, and dessert to further customize their event. On the day of your wedding, their staff will help you with setup and cleanup before, during, and after your special event. The American Swedish Institute is wheelchair-accessible and offers complimentary parking with the option of hosting valet.

3.8 out of 5.0

5 Reviews for American Swedish Institute

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5 American Swedish Institute Reviews


2+ years ago

  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Responsiveness 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0

My daughter's recent wedding reception was held at the Swedish Institute. I was a little nervous about holding it there since I'd read some less than stellar reviews of the place, but my daughter and ... Read more her fiancé loved the space and my entire family is Scandinavian. We decided to risk it, hoping that changing to in-house catering had also meant they'd improved their service. I'm so glad we did! Everything was perfect, thanks in large part to Kaitlin Astleford, who's the catering sales representative. Kaitlin worked with us from when we signed the contract through the reception. She was professional, responsive, accommodating and nice. She was there through the entire reception and made sure that all of our earlier requests were carried out and that everything ran smoothly. The Turnblad Mansion provided a gorgeous venue for cocktails and appetizers, and our guests also loved being able to explore the exhibits and upper floors of the mansion. Larson Hall in the Nelson Cultural Center was a beautiful space for dinner and dancing (we had 21 tables for guests, plus a 7 piece band and weren't at all crowded). Several of our guests remarked on the delicious food (courtesy of Slate and Stone Catering), and the service provided by the waitstaff and bartenders was professional and efficient. We couldn't have asked for a better wedding reception and would highly recommend the Swedish Institute!


2+ years ago

  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Responsiveness 4.0
  • Flexibility 3.0

This was a wonderful place to have our son's wedding. It is a beautiful venue, inside and out. We were able to have the ceremony outside, and it was a perfect night for people to mingle both inside ... Read more the mansion and out on the lovely porch. Our guests loved it! We can't wait to see the pictures - the mansion is truly amazing! The people were great to work with and we loved the big rooms for changing and the downstairs room for the dance. The only down side was not being able to have real candles or flowers inside the mansion, but there are so many ways to work around that. Would highly recommend it!


Married on 10/22/2016

  • Quality of service 4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Professionalism 4.5
  • Responsiveness 5.0
  • Flexibility 3.0

I thought American Swedish Institute was an absolutely beautiful venue for our reception. We rented the mansion for the cocktail hour and then used Larson Hall for the dinner and dance. The photos on ... Read more the grounds turned out beautiful. They are an operating museum, open to the public though, so that made it more difficult to get photographs in. One of the spots we really wanted photos was in front of the blue wall by the main entrance, and we thankfully did get some great shots there, but unfortunately, a staff member made us move out of that area. Maggie, the site coordinator/catering coordinator was very helpful and always responded very quickly to emails. The bar packages to me seemed a little strict. There was no option for the host to just pay by the drink. The food turned out well. The bar staff did end up cutting off some of the guests. I also would've suggested mopping the dance floor because my sister fell and injured her knee after a drink was spilled.

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