Come and join us for our various events! We celebrate heritage and both traditional Swedish and American Holidays. There is always something going on at the American Swedish Historical Museum. See below for scheduled events. All events will take place at the Museum unless otherwise noted. Please check with the Museum to confirm dates and other details. Refunds will not be granted for cancellations after the registration deadline.

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On view through February 16, 2015, Do You Know Pippi Longstocking?

The "Do you know Pippi Longstocking?" exhibition is included in our general admission: $8 for adults, 6$ for seniors and students, $4 for children 5-11, and children under 5 are FREE. The exhibition is also FREE for members of the museum. Please read more about the exhibition here.

This exhibition is made possible by generous gifts from Ulla Dagert and Paul Muther, SWEA Philadelphia, Kuehlthau Family Foundation, SWEA New Jersey, Swedish Council of America, Marianne Baeckstrom, Evert Christensen and IKEA Conshohocken.

We are also grateful to the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, George C. and Esther Ann McFarland Foundation, Auxiliary, Midsommarklubben, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and an anonymous foundation for their generous support of ASHM.

Sunday, August 31,Bus Trip: Scan Fest
Departure from Philadelphia 7:45am, return 6pm

Join the American Swedish Historical Museum on a bus trip to Scan Fest 2014! Leave the hassle of the long drive to us and ride on a comfortable air conditioned motor coach bus to New Jersey in the company of friends and fellow Scandinavian culture enthusiasts. Enjoy a full day of food, music, crafts, lectures, shopping and performances with a stress free commute. 

Registration is $50 for ASHM members, $60 for non-members and $35.00 for children 12 and under, and includes Scan Fest admission. Register by phone or online.

Saturday, September 6th, SmörgåsBeer'd, 5pm-8pm

Spend a summer evening sampling local Philly and Swedish lagers, ales, stouts, and more paired alongside a spread of savories like Swedish meatballs, cheeses, and sausages. A taste of Sweden meets the Philadelphia beer scene looking out over FDR Park at the third annual SmörgåsBeer’d. This year's breweries include Philly favorites Yards, Vault, Armstrong Ales, Conshohocken Brewing and Nakeed Brewing Co. And our friends from New York, Brooklyn Brewery, will be there with several varities to try. Highlights of the event include a tutored tasting and Q&A session held with the Master Brewers, a guided museum tour through Swedish beer history, live music from The Defused, a Viking Ship with roaming Vikings, and a fun array of raffle items to be won. SmörgåsBeer’d will be held Saturday, September 6th from 5-8pm. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Register by phone or online.


Sunday, September 14th, ASHM Annual Meeting, 3pm

ASHM members are welcome to join us for our annual meeting, where the Amandus Johnson Volunteer Service Award will also be presented to a long time volunteer.

Tuesday, September 16th, Toddler Time: Farmor's Recipes, 10:30am-11:30am

Join the American Swedish Historical Museum in 2014 for the continuation of its educational and family fun Toddler Time programs! Each session will help young minds grow through interactive stories, engaging hands on activities and valuable social interaction.  Children will explore art, science, and literature in the unique and positive child centered learning environment of the American Swedish Historical Museum.

As part of the City of Philadelphia's XCultural Passport Week, we are excited to present this month's Toddler Time, Farmor's Recipes, which highlights Swedish foods. Follow the story of Erik as he meets his grandmother, or farmor, for the first time when she visits from Sweden. His Farmor creates a feast of food that he has never seen or tasted before.  Toddlers will join Erik in his exploration of culinary culture by using motor skills to “catch” seafood, which is a large part of the Swedish diet, roll out pancakes and waffles in play dough, and “pick” lingonberries.  Parents and kids will get the full sensory experience of Swedish food by tasting Swedish pancakes with lingonberry jam for a snack.

Upcoming Toddler Times:

October 21, November 18 and December 16

The cost is $5 per session and registration is suggested. Free for museum Household members’ children/accompanying caregivers. Register online or pay at the door.

September 22 and 23, Swedish Language Classes, Fall Semester Begins, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Have you ever considered learning Swedish or maybe want to brush up on what you already know? Then now is your chance! Register for one of our three courses (Beginner I, Beginner II and Conversational Swedish). Our registration form is available here in PDF mode, and outlines fees and the class schedule. Registration deadline is September 1st. If you have any questions, please email lburnham@americanswedishorg.

Saturday, September 27th, 2nd Annual Drums Along the Delaware Powwow, 10am-7pm

Join us for a colorful and lively powwow with a performance by Pura Fé. Festivities start at 11:30am (blessing of the ground at 11:30am and grand entry at 12pm). Gates opens at 10am, so come enjoy native crafts and food vendors!

Admission: Family of four: $10, adults $5, under 18, seniors and ASHM members $3, under 12 free. Includes free admission to the musuem with free parking just outside.


Saturday, October 4, Cub Scout Program: Lenape and Swedes on the Delaware, 10am-12pm

Scouts will learn about the history, lifestyle, and contributions of the local Native American tribe of our region and the important relationship they had with the colonial Swedes. Registration required, $10 per Scout and $5 per adult, please contact Lauren Burnham at 215-389-1776 or

Upcoming Cub Scout Days: November 1st, The Amazing World of Art

Saturday, October 4, Kanelbullens Dag, Cinnamon Bun Day, 10am-4pm (while supplies last)

Cinnamon Bun Day in Sweden originated when the Home Baking Council, Hembakningsrådet, celebrated its 40th anniversary in 1999 and honored Sweden’s rich history of scrumptious baked treats. The celebration has continued each year on October 4th. Stop by the museum to receive a free cinnamon bun with admission in honor of Sweden’s Cinnamon Bun Day! Be sure to get here early, bullar, or buns, are only available while supplies last.

Sunday, October 12, An Afternoon of Swedish Music, 1pm-2:30pm

ASHM is proud to host the New York City Swedish Church Choir for an intimate afternoon performance at the museum. The hour long concert will begin at 1pm with a light reception to follow and is free with museum admission and free for museum members.

Image Courtesy of Jesse Titley

Friday, October 17, Museum Camp Out with Pippi! 6:30pm, Friday to 8:30am, Saturday

Join us for the first ever community overnight at the museum! The theme of the evening will be based on our exhibit Do You Know Pippi Longstocking? Learn about Pippi’s adventures while we read from Astrid Lindgren’s books, play Pippi’s favorite games, and make Pippi’s favorite Pepparkakor cookies for a snack. Curl up at the end of the night with some blankets and your favorite stuffed animals to watch a movie then pick a cozy spot to sleep for a unique overnight experience.  An evening snack and breakfast will be provided. Pre-registration is required, spaces are limited. $35 for members and $45 for non-members. To register, please call 215-389-1776 or go online.

Saturday, November 8, New Sweden History Conference, Beef, Beer and Bread: Colonial Foodways, 9am to 3pm

This year’s conference, to be held at ASHM, will explore 17th century foodways in Sweden and colonial America. Five speakers will discuss various aspects of culinary history—from the kitchens of Stockholm to the brew houses of Philadelphia. The keynote speaker is author, chef, and Swedish food historian Dr. Ulrica Söderlind. Dr. Söderlind holds a PhD from the University of Stockholm. She has written five books on topics such as, the role of food in Swedish social history, and the culinary history of the Nobel Banquet. Her conference session will focus on the cooking practices of a 17th century Swedish noble household. Additional speakers include David Furlow, who will be discussing the significance of cattle as an important part of New Sweden’s economy; Rich Wagner will lead an engaging discussion on the intricacies of colonial beer brewing. In the spirit of this year’s theme, a special lunch will be served featuring homemade colonial recipes and, of course, beer. Do not miss what is sure to be an informative and delicious conference event! Registration, continental breakfast, and lunch $45 per person ($35 for students and teachers). Registration deadline is Friday October 31. Early bird registration by October 17 $40 per person ($30 for students and teachers). Register online or by phone at (215) 389-1776.




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