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 thru August 23, Indian Nation: Indian Motorcycles and America


Saturday, July 18, SmörgåsBeer'd, 5-8pm

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 fifth annual SmörgåsBeer’d. Last year’s breweries included Philly favorites Yards, Brooklyn Brewery, Dogfish Head Brewery, Vault Co., Naked Brewing Co., and Armstrong Ale. Highlights were a tutored tasting and Q&A session held with the Master Brewers and museum tour with Swedish beer artifacts. More breweries and events this year! SmörgåsBeer’d will be held Saturday July 18th from 5-8pm. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

Toddler Time: Tuesday, July 21, 10:30am-11:30am

Join the American Swedish Historical Museum in 2015 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.

This month's theme for Toddler Time is Boats, Trains and Indian Motorcycles!

Upcoming Toddler Times:

August 18 and September 15

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.

Friday, August 21, Crayfish Party, 6:30pm

Get a taste of Swedish summer at our annual Crayfish Party! Enjoy a platter of crayfish, along with bread, cheese, potato salad and snaps. $50 for ASHM and SACC Philadelphia members, $60 for non-members. Click here to register online.

Friday, September 4, Workers of the World, Awaken: The Life and Legacy of Joe Hill, Exhibition opens

Celebrate the spirit of Labor Day by learning more about the Swedish-American labor activist, song-writer, cartoonist and member of the Industrial Workers of the World, Joe Hill (born Joe  Hägglund). 100 years after his death, his life, death and work still inspire. Exhibition included with general admission.

Photo Credit: Charlie Bennett

Sunday, September 13, United Stockholms of America Exhibitions Opens

Photographer Charles Bennet documents the eight small towns in America named after the Swedish capital city. The exhibition explores the legacy of the approximately 1.2 million Swedes who left Sweden to make their homes in America in the 1800s. On view through March of 2016.

Sunday, September 13, the Annual Meeting, 3pm

ASHM members are welcome to join us for our annual meeting, where we will present the Amandus Johnson Volunteer Service Award.

Saturday, September 19, Swedish Cooking Class: Reunion Edition!, 10:30am-2pm

Take advantage of this rare opportunity and attend the reunion of our Swedish Chefs! A one time event, the three chefs will make a delectable array of appetizers, entrees and desserts, all of which will be served as a three course meal at the end of their demonstrations. Space is extremely limited, $75 per person (includes all food and drinks). Reservations are required, sign up online or by phone.


Let's Go to Chicago! September 24-27

Join ASHM for a trip to see the Swedish (and non-Swedish) sights of Chicago! This exciting opportunity includes airfare, a room at the historic Palmer House, breakfast, one dinner, three lunches, and admission to a host of cultural activities. Tour sights include the Field Museum, the Swedish American Museum, Andersonville, the Art Institute of Chicago, and a boat tour with the Chicago Architecture Foundation. For additional information please call, Lauren Burnham at (215) 389-1776 or email Click here to begin your registration online.




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