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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Skål Monthly Tours and Tastings, Saturday, May 20th, 1-2pm

Have you ever sampled Aquavit? Whether you are new to Scandinavian spirits or an aficionado, join us for an exclusive guided tour of the Skål! Scandinavian Spirits exhibition at the American Swedish Historical Museum. Each tour will explore the history of Scandinavian spirits and the role those beverages play in the heritage of Scandinavian America. Learn how to properly Skål, or cheers, at the end of the tour with an Aquavit tasting. Pre-registration required and tour spots are limited. $8 members and $18 non-members(must be 21 or over to attend tasting). Click here to sign up.

Additional tours and tastings, click on the date to register:

June 18th
July 9th
August 12th
September 9th

Finland 100 Lecture: Beyond the Atlantic: Finland’s Independence Viewed from Across the Sea" by Marianne Wargelin, Sunday, May 21, 2-4pm

Join us as we welcome author Marianne Wargelin, who writes extensively about Finnish America. This lecture is part of the 100th anniversary of Finland's Declaration of Independence.

America’s people and its rich variety of communities create observation points not often used to understand Finland. That Finland’s independence involved both the vision and bravery of its citizens, citizens willing to pay a high price and endure enormous sacrifice, that narrative is being commemorated in this centennial year. This talk will emphasize, however, Americans, including the Finnish diaspora living in the USA. Together they provide both historic and contemporary details that form a vibrant new look at how Finland arrived at independence and maintained its independence in the 20th century.

Amdission is free, light refreshments will be provided.

 

National Day, Tuesday, June 6, 12pm-4pm

What better place to celebrate Swedish National Day than the American Swedish Historical Museum! Enjoy free admission including guided tours highlighting the history of the museum, and a special Swedish summer dessert treat.

Skål Bar-Meet Up, Thursday, June 8, at Bar Hygge

What better way to learn about Scandinavian drinking traditions than at your local bar! Join ASHM at Bar Hygge in the Fairmount neighborhood of Philadelphia for a fun happy hour of music, games, and drink specials. The Museum will be on hand to introduce our newest exhibit Skål Scandinavian Spirits and teach everyone how to properly “cheers” or Skål  Swedish style! The event is free and includes:

  •  Swedish Music from Classic ABBA and Ace of Base to First Aid Kit and Avicii
  • Scandinavian Trivia Games
  • Free Raffle
  • Swedish Drinking Songs
  • Bar Drink Specials and Food Available for Purchase

Skål Monthly Tours and Tastings, Sunday, June 18th, 1-2pm

Have you ever sampled Aquavit? Whether you are new to Scandinavian spirits or an aficionado, join us for an exclusive guided tour of the Skål! Scandinavian Spirits exhibition at the American Swedish Historical Museum. Each tour will explore the history of Scandinavian spirits and the role those beverages play in the heritage of Scandinavian America. Learn how to properly Skål, or cheers, at the end of the tour with an Aquavit tasting. Pre-registration required and tour spots are limited. $8 members and $18 non-members(must be 21 or over to attend tasting). Click here to sign up.

Additional tours and tastings, click on the date to register:

July 9th
August 12th
September 9th

 

Toddler Time: Tuesday, June 20, 10:30am-11:30am

Join the American Swedish Historical Museum 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:

July 18, August 22, September 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.

Midsommarfest, Saturday, June 24, 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 $8, Non-members $12, Children 4-12 $6. Pay at the door. Food and drinks sold separately.

Skål Monthly Tours and Tastings, Sunday, July 9th, 1-2pm

Have you ever sampled Aquavit? Whether you are new to Scandinavian spirits or an aficionado, join us for an exclusive guided tour of the Skål! Scandinavian Spirits exhibition at the American Swedish Historical Museum. Each tour will explore the history of Scandinavian spirits and the role those beverages play in the heritage of Scandinavian America. Learn how to properly Skål, or cheers, at the end of the tour with an Aquavit tasting. Pre-registration required and tour spots are limited. $8 members and $18 non-members(must be 21 or over to attend tasting). Click here to sign up.

Additional tours and tastings, click on the date to register:

August 12th
September 9th

 

Toddler Time: Tuesday, July 18, 10:30am-11:30am

Join the American Swedish Historical Museum 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:

August 22, September 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.

SmörgåsBeer
Saturday, July 29
5pm-9pm

Spend a summer evening sampling local Philly and International lagers, ales, stouts, and more paired alongside a spread of savories like Swedish meatballs, cheeses, and sausages. SmörgåsBeer’d will be held Saturday July 29 from 5-9pm. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door, with a special designated driver price of $10. Register online or by phone.
Antique Appraisal Day
Sunday, August 6
1-4pm
If you have ever wondered about the history or value of a family antique bring it to ASHM on August 27th for our fundraising Antique Appraisal Day with expert general appraiser and broker Robert Borgstrom. Appraisals will be given on a first come first serve basis and includes up to three items for $20. Each person with items will be given a number upon arrival. Guests may sit in the audience while each number is called and appraisals given live on stage. Doors open at 12pm and appraisals start at 1pm. For more information call 215-389-1776 or email lburnham@americanswedish.org.
Crayfish Party
Friday, August 18
6:30pm

Get a taste of Swedish summer at our annual Crayfish Party! Enjoy a buffet of crayfish or Swedish meatballs, along with crisp bread, cheese, potatoes, cheese pie, and glass of akvavit all outside under our beautiful lighted and decorated tent. $50 for ASHM and SACC Philadelphia members, $60 for non-members. Register by phone or online by August 14th.

 

 

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