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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Workers of the World, Awaken! The Life and Legacy of Joe Hill, Exhibition on view now

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 Joel Hägglund). 100 years after his death, his life, death and work still inspire. Exhibition included with general admission.

Photo Credit: Charlie Bennet

United Stockholms of America Exhibition On View through February 2016

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.

Semlor and a Movie, February 13th, 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 $13 in advance and $15 at the door. Ticket price includes one semla, additional semlor are $6 each. Register by phone or online by February 8.


Toddler Time: Tuesday, February 16, 10:30am-11:30am

Join the American Swedish Historical Museum in 2016 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.

Upcoming Toddler Times:

March 15 and April 19

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.


Easter Family Fun Day & Egg Hunt, March 20th, 2-4 PM

Introduce your little ones to Swedish Easter traditions. Easter Family Fun day includes crafts, face painting, Easter witch dress up, and an Easter egg hunt! This event is free for members and children 2 years and under and $8 for non-members.


Waffle Day, March 26th, 11am-2pm

At the end of every March, 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.

Exhibit Opening: Flowers & Monsters: Hand-Carved Furniture by Karl von Rydingsvärd
April 3rd, 2pm-4pm

We are excited to announce our next special exhibition, Flowers & Monsters: Hand-carved furniture by Karl von Rydingsvärd, featuring stunning wood furniture from the early 20th century. This beautiful collection is not only a great example of the era’s Arts and Crafts movement, but also highlights this Swedish-born craftsman’s attention to aesthetic detail and functionality.

The exhibition opens April 3rd, 2016 and will feature an introductory presentation by Senior Curator, Carrie Hogan, at 2:30pm, along with refreshments. Admission is free for members, general admission for non-members.

Viking Day, April 23rd, 12-4pm

Beards aren’t just for hipsters! Come and get to know the original bearded warriors as we travel through time to explore Norse culture. Visitors can view a 40-foot, half-size working model of the Gokstad ship, learn the runic alphabet, compete in a Hnefeltafle or Viking Chess competition, and reflect on what is known about this often misunderstood culture.

Admission: Adults $7 ($5 for members), children 5-18 years $5 ($3 for members), and children under 5 are free. Pre-registration can be made online at, or by calling 215-389-1776.


Spring Ting, May 7, 6pm

Help ASHM celebrate our 90th Anniversary! Join us at our special fundraiser, featuring a silent auction, 1920s inspired dinner and Outstanding Achievement Award recipient, Swedish clothing designer Gudrun Sjödén. Tickets start at $90, RSVP by April 25th. Call for more information.

National Day, June 6, 11am-3pm

The 90th Anniversary celebration continues at the ASHM on Swedish National Day! Visit on June 6th and enjoy free admission including guided tours highlighting the history of the museum, Swedish themed children’s crafts, and a special Swedish summer dessert treat.

, June 25, 4pm-7pm

Celebrate summer at our annual Midsommarfest, complete with food, drinks, home-made Swedish pastries, music and maypole dancing, as well as crafts and games for the kids. Members $7, Non-members $10, children 4-12 years $4. Pay at the door.




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