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.

For information about Scandinavian related events in the region click here>>


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.

Swedish Museum Singers' Holiday Concert, Saturday, December 13, 7pm

Enjoy the sounds of a Swedish Christmas with the annual concert performance by the Swedish Museum Singers. Enjoy classic Swedish holiday songs, along with a twist on several American favorites. Glögg and cookies will be served. Free with museum admission.

Toddler Time: A Swedish Christmas, Tuesday, December 16th, 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.

For our December program, little ones will discover the holiday traditions that most Swedish families enjoy during the Christmas season, from St. Lucia to the Jultomte! Sing songs, hear stories, and nibble on some peppakaor (ginger bread cookies) during Toddler Time's "A Swedish Christmas"!

Upcoming Toddler Times:

January 20 and February 17

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.

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

We encourage anyone who is involved in Scouting to think outside of the box and experience ASHM’s programs. Each program engages kids in a new cultural experience while helping them advancing through the ranks by fulfilling badge, elective, and achievements at each level. Join us for the Lenape and Swedes on the Delaware program in which 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. Advanced Registration required by Jan 7th. $10 per Scout and $5 per adult, please contact Lauren Burnham at 215-389-1776 or

Genealogy Club Winter Meeting, Saturday, January 31, 1:30pm

ASHM Genealogy Club members, Tom and Mary Ann Hudson will share their travel tales from a recent trip to Sweden, in particular, the Vimmerby area, where Tom's family farmhouse still stands, and Hogstad, where Mary Ann's ancestors are buried.  We will also hear about their visit to "Astrid Lindgren's World".  In September, the Hudsons traveled to The Swedish Immigration Center in Jamestown, NY, and will give our members an overview of that experience.

Pea Soup and Punch Supper: Ärtsoppa och Punsch, Saturday, January 31, 6pm

Warm up on a chilly winter's night with a bowl of Swedish yellow pea soup and a cup of punsch. Dinner served with sharp cheese, bread, and dessert. Admission is $20 for members, $25 for non-members. Register by phone or online.


Saturday, February 7th, Semlor and a Movie, 11am

Treat yourself to a rich semla, a cream and almond paste filled Swedish pastry, along with a cup of hot coffee and a Swedish film. Semlor are often eaten before the start of lent, the Swedish version of “Fat Tuesday.” Event tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Ticket price includes one semla, additional semlor are $6 each. Register by phone or online by February 2nd.

Saturday, March 21, Waffle Day,11am-2pm

Every March at the end of the month in honor of the Annunciation Day (Maria Bebådelsedagen) Swedes eat waffles. Intrigued by this tradition? Stop by the museum for Waffle Day to get the whole story, along with some tasty Swedish waffles served with whipped cream and strawberry jam, and of course coffee. $10 includes waffles and a beverage. Register by phone or online, or pay at the door.




Photograph credits
Copyright © American Swedish Historical Museum. All rights reserved