The Museum is located in Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park in South Philadelphia, near the sports complex.


Tuesday– Friday:
10am- 4pm


Closed on Mondays and holidays.

During times of inclement weather, please call the museum at (215) 389-1776 to confirm that we are open.

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The Museum today consists of 12 permanent galleries, one changing exhibition gallery, and a library.


The Museum is handicapped accessible. We have two handicap parking spaces on the Pattison Avenue side of the museum.


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The American Swedish Historical Museum in South Philadelphia is the oldest Swedish Museum in the United States. Founded in 1926, the Museum has been dedicated to preserving and promoting Swedish and Swedish-American cultural heritage and traditions for more than 80 years. The Museum is a place where Swedes, Swedish-Americans, and people of all nationalities who appreciate Swedish contributions to history, art, architecture, music, science and technology can come together.

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Current Exhibition:

The American Swedish Historical Museum is excited to announce our current 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 will be on view through December 2016.

Wheel Fun Rentals

We are happy to announce that we now have a pertnership with Wheel Fun Rentals, and can offer a $5 coupon for their new location in FDR Park. Find the coupon by clicking here.

Read Our Annual Report

See what we have been up to all year, Annual Report FY2016.

Our Mission Statement

The museum recently updated our mission statement and we are excited to share it with you:

The American Swedish Historical Museum welcomes all people to explore cultural identity through the story of Swedes and Scandinavians in America.  The ASHM is a community dedicated to preserving and interpreting material culture, and is alive with celebrations, exhibitions, and learning experiences.

Adopted by the Board of Governors, May 20, 2015

Check Out the Museum Shop

Now you can find your favorite Swedish food items in our Museum Shop. Items Include crisp bread, lingonberry preserve, vanilla sauce, blueberry soup, herring, "Kalles" smoked roe, coffee, a variety of candies and chocolate, plus lots more.

Members enjoy 10% off in the Museum Shop everyday! Looking for a unique gift to share with someone? Give the gift that keeps on giving, a gift membership to ASHM!



Upcoming Events


Folk Fashion & Auxiliary Lunch, November 5th, 11am

Genealogy Club Fall Meeting, November 6th, 1pm

New Sweden History Conference, November 12th, 9am-3pm

Toddler Time, Tuesday, November 15th, 10:30-11:30am


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