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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Now you can find your favorite Swedish food items in our Museum Gift Shop. Including crisp bread, "Kalles kaviar", herring, lingonberry preserve, vanilla sauce, blueberry soup, candy, raspberry dessert, cookies, coffee, and a lot more.

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.

!!DATE CHANGE!! Saturday, April 12, Easter Family Fun Day, with Marmelade Dance Performance, 1:30pm-4pm

Introduce your little ones to Swedish Easter traditions. Similar to American Halloween celebrations, children can dress up as Easter witches, make Swedish Easter crafts, enjoy face painting and an egg hunt. This year's event will also include a performance by the Swedish dance troupe, Claire Parsons Co. from Stockholm. They will be performing their hit Marmelade,which "looks at the world through body, eye, feeling and taste in a room with fluffy skirts, soft circus and Fellini music". Free for members and children 2 years and under, $8 for non-members. Pay at the door.

Tuesday, April 15, Toddler Time, 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.

This month's session, on April 15, kids will be introduced to Pippi Longstocking through hands on exploration of our new exhibit, Do You Know Pippi Longstocking? and hear the story Pippi Goes to the Circus by Astrid Lindgren.  Toddlers will have their own circus experience through interactive play and create a Pippi to take home.

Upcoming Toddler Times:

May 20 and June 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.

Saturday, April 26, Valborg: Bonfire and Choir Concert, 7pm-9:30pm

Welcome Spring in typical Swedish fashion, with a lively bonfire and a performance by the Swedish Museum Singers. Traditional fare of hotdogs, drinks and dessert will be served. Admission is $15 for adults $8 for children under 12, free for kids 2 and under. Register by phone or online or pay at the door.


Saturday, May 3,Spring Ting Dinner and Auction, 6pm

Join us for our annual fundraiser, with a fabulous silent auction and delectable dinner- this year with a Swedish inspired menu! The newly appointed ambassador, Björn Lyrvall, will also be our special guest for the evening. Come mingle with him and give him a warm welcome to the US. Purchase tickets online or call 215.389.1776 to reserve your spot.

We will also hold our online auction for this event from April 18th-May 1st. Stayed tuned for the auction website!

Image courtesy of Lotta Kühlhorn  

Saturday, May 17, Mats Gustafsson’s Swedish Azz Presented by Ars Nova Workshop, 8pm

The Golden Age of Swedish Jazz occurred in the mid-1950´s and was represented by very distinct and personal voices (such as Lars Gullin and Jan Johansson) that were taking inspiration from American West Coast Jazz as well as traditional Swedish Folk Music. Groundbreaking Swedish saxophonist-composer Mats Gustaffson – who has collaborated with everyone from Sonic Youth to Merzbow to Neneh Cherry - will lead this US debut of Swedish Azz, an all-Swedish ensemble that explores the intersection of these histories at the American Swedish Historical Museum, the oldest Swedish museum in the United States, built to commemorate the 1638 settlement of the New Sweden colony formed along the Delaware River.

Featuring Mats Gustafsson, saxophones + electronics; Per-Åke Holmlander, tuba; Kjell Nordeson, vibraphone; dieb13, turntables + electronics; and Eric Carlsson, drums.

For tickets, please visit


Friday, June 6, Celebrate Swedish National Day

Join us as we celebrate Sweden with National Day on June 6th. We will be offering refreshments and free admission all day! Stop by and say hej!

Saturday, June 21, Midsommarfest, 4pm-7:30pm

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 $4. Pay at the door.




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