Where the Children Sleep

Opening on October 21, 2017, this exhibit captures the impact of the war in Syria. Twenty-two photographs, by acclaimed photojournalist Magnus Wennman, document the refugee crisis and what the simple act of bedtime brings for the youngest and most vulnerable refugees — children.

Meet Pippi Longstocking

The adventures of Sweden’s favorite storybook hero, Pippi Longstocking, come alive at the Museum. Enjoy tales from this beloved children’s series while traveling through the Museum galleries as a “thing-finder”, creating a Dala horse craft, and tasting Pippi’s favorite cookies – pepparkakor.

Lucia Festival of Lights

Participate in a Swedish holiday tradition – the Lucia festival. Lucia, the saint of light, has long been honored on December 13th, the longest night of the year. Children will learn the legend of Lucia, explore Swedish Christmas traditions, and experience the magic of a traditional Lucia procession. Don’t forget your camera!

Swedish Holiday Traditions

Celebrate holidays the Swedish way! Even though we may celebrate some of the same holidays in the United States, Swedes have many unique traditions. From Midsommarfest, to Easter, to the Lucia festival before Christmas, children will participate in and discover how Swedish holidays differ from our own.

New Sweden Colony

Did you know that the Swedes were the first Europeans to settle the Delaware Valley? This program focuses on the founding and legacy of the New Sweden Colony, established in 1638 along the Delaware River. Using Museum collections and hands-on artifacts, children will explore how and why the settlement began, learn more about Swedish relations with local Native Americans, and experience elements of colonial daily life, like making real butter!

Toddler Time: ABCs and 123s Svenska Style!

This month at Toddler Time kids will get to build those language and math skills by learning the alphabet and how to count in Swedish! Join us as we read D is for Dala Horse: A Nordic Countries Alphabet by Kathy-jo Wargin and reinforce letter and number practice through museum exploration. Activities include letter matching, Swedish counting games, and a fun stamp craft.

Cost: $5 per child or free for Museum Household Members. There is no charge for accompanying caregivers.
Registration is recommended, but not required. Register online or pay at the door.

Swedish Cooking Workshop

Join fellow culinary enthusiasts for a totally hands-on cooking workshop at ASHM. Recipes include Beef a la Lindstrom, cardamom bread, and pickled beets. Space is extremely limited; $50 per person (includes all food and drinks). Reservations are required; register by phone or online by February 19th.

Toddler Time: Aurora Borealis

The phenomenon of aurora borealis can be seen across many arctic countries and certainly lights up the sky in northern Sweden.  Join us for Toddler Time as we read Roaring, Boring Alice by P.K. Merski, dance in a color ballet, and do a color mixing science experiment! Enjoy rainbow Jello snack and watch the night sky light up!

Cost: $5 per child or free for Museum Household Members. There is no charge for accompanying caregivers.
Registration is recommended, but not required. Register online or pay at the door.

Finnish Class

New this year! ASHM will be offering a beginner Finnish Language class. This ten week session with instructor Marja Kaisla will be a great introduction to the basics of the language and culture. Classes are filled on a first-come basis and space is limited. Registration is $180 for Museum members and $245 for non-members, the price does not include textbooks. To register please call 215-389-1776x106 or email lburnham@americanswedish.org.