The American Swedish Historical Museum offers a variety of educational programs for all audiences. From school programs, to Swedish language classes to Swedish genealogy, the Museum has something for learners of all ages. 

Education Programs for Adults

Genealogy Sessions

If you have Swedish ancestors that emigrated to North America, our Genealogy Club can help you get started on researching your family history.

Please call 215-389-1776 or email for information on how to make an appointment. This service is offered free for ASHM members.

Swedish Language Classes

Learning a new language is a fun and exciting challenge. The shelter in place orders during the first half of the year left a lot of people with spare time to learn new skills. If learning to speak Swedish is on your list, then joining our new online Swedish Language program may be the perfect option for you! Whether you are brand new to Swedish, have some experience and want to learn more, or you are looking for conversation partners, there is a class option tailored to your level.

Classes will be held online via Zoom. A meet-and-greet event is scheduled at the Museum before the start of the semester. Classes begin the week of September 14th and run ten sessions through November 16th.  At the conclusion, a special in-person gathering will be held at the Museum in December to explore Swedish holiday traditions!

(*Please note that in person gatherings are subject to change based on Philadelphia and Pennsylvania COVID-19 regulations. Face coverings and physical distancing are required.)

Fall Semester Class Schedule
Conversation: Mondays 5:00–6:30 pm, Sept. 14–Nov. 16, 2020
Intermediate Part I: Mondays 7:00–8:30 pm, Sept. 14–Nov. 16, 2020
Beginner Part I: Tuesdays 7:00–8:30 pm, Sept. 15–Nov. 17, 2020
Meet-and-Greet Sunday 1:30–2:30 pm Sept. 13, 2020

This year we are offering a special discount if you would like to sign up for both the fall and spring semester of a program. Spring classes will be held virtually February through April 2021.

Fall 2020 Semester: $180 for ASHM Members/$235 for Non-members
Combination Fall 2020 & Spring 2021 Semesters: $340 for ASHM Members/$450 for Non-members

Click HERE to register for Conversation
Click HERE to register for Intermediate Part I
Click HERE to register for Beginners Part I

Books are not included in the registration fee. Zoom access is free and an invitation will be sent to all registered students before the start of the semester. If you have not used Zoom before, it is easy to use and we will help you get started. You will need a PC or MAC, tables, or smartphone, paired with strong and stable internet connection.

Not sure which class is the best fit for you? Please read the section below to ascertain your skill level. If you still aren’t sure which class to register for, feel free to contact the Museum at

Beginner Level (language in class: English and Swedish)
For students who want to start from the beginning, or who have used an app like DuoLingo and know many words, but have not yet practiced speaking Swedish, or figured out how to put together sentences.

Intermediate Level (language in class: English and Swedish)
For students who have some prior experience communicating in Swedish. If the statements below are true, this is the level for you:
I can ...

  • ask/answer basic questions.
  • talk a little about myself, my interests, family, and work/studies, etc.
  • handle some courtesy expressions, introductions.
  • read and understand very short, basic texts in Swedish (OK to look up words and/or use Google Translate).

I have ... 

  • ask/answer basic questions.
  • completed a beginner level Swedish language course or have equivalent experience.
  • have a vocabulary of at least a couple hundred words. 


Conversation Level (language in class: Swedish)
For students who want to practice conversation. If the statements below are true, this is the level for you: 

I can ... 

  • talk about my personal experiences and plans in the present, past, and future read and understand most short, basic texts in Swedish, such as articles.
  • ask for clarification if I don't understand, or ask a question if I want to know more.
  • understand spoken Swedish, if I am familiar with the topic and/or the pace is not too fast.

I have ...

  • studied Swedish at least four semesters or have equivalent experience.
  • a fairly extensive vocabulary of several hundred words, including prepositions, pronouns, etc., and I have a basic feel for sentence composition and language structure.


Book a Speaker

ASHM is happy to send a speaker to your site to give a talk on a variety of topics, from the New Sweden Colony to Swedish cuisine. If you are interested in a specific theme, contact our Education department for more information.

Guided Group Tours

Guided tours are available for groups of 10 or more with advanced booking at the following rates:

New Sweden in Focus guided tour: $15 per person
General Museum guided tour: $15 per person
A $50 non-refundable deposit will be due at the time of booking.
At least 24 hours’ notice is required for cancellation.

Call our Education department for reservations and more information on tours.