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. 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.

Spring 2021 Semester Class Schedule:
Conversation: Mondays 5:00–6:30 pm, January 25 – March 29, 2021
Intermediate Part II: Mondays 7:00–8:30 pm, January 25 – March 29, 2021
Beginner Part II: Tuesdays 7:00–8:30 pm, January 26 – March 30, 2021



Spring 2021 Semester: $180 for ASHM Members/$235 for Non-members

Beginners Part II: Closed - Registration Full
Intermediate Part II: Closed - Registration Full
Conversation: Click HERE to register

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.