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 are held online via Zoom and offered for during 10 week fall and spring semesters. Additional classes may be offered, check the listing below for upcoming opportunities. 

Spring 2021 - Six Week Semester Class Schedule:
Join this six week virtual class for the opportunity to review concepts taught in the ASHM Swedish Beginner and Intermediate level courses. The six week Conversation course will continue with practicing Swedish at a higher level. 

Conversation Continuation: Mondays 5:00–6:30 pm, April 12 – May 17, 2021
Intermediate Review: Mondays 7:00–8:30 pm, April 12 – May 17, 2021
Beginner Review: Tuesdays 7:00–8:30 pm, April 13 – May 18, 2021

Six Week Spring 2021 Semester: $100 for ASHM Members/$140 for Nonmembers

Conversation Continuation: Click HERE to register
Intermediate Review: Click HERE to register
Beginners Review: 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.

The book for the Beginner and Intermediate courses is available in the American Swedish Historical Museum Gift Shop:
Complete Swedish Beginner to Intermediate Courseby Anneli Beronius Haake. Teach Yourself, 2nd Edition, 2018, ISBN-13: 978-1444195101

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.