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. 

Programs for School Children

Lessons at your Location

Bring the Museum to your classroom, local library or recreation center. These fun and interactive presentations give children a chance to experience part of the Museum collection at your location.

Cost: $100 for groups within 20 miles. Additional travel costs apply as follows: 21-50 miles away $50, 51-100 miles away $100, 101-150 miles away $150.

Payment is due on the day of your program. Outreach lessons are 60 minutes, recommended group size is 25 children. Programs can be scheduled back to back for larger groups. Cancellation Policy: 24 hour notice is required for cancellations, if less than 24 hour notice is given, you will be billed for the number of reserved students.

Looking for a specially focused program to suit your students’ needs? Please contact the Education Department to make arrangements.

Explore the country of Sweden, “land of the midnight sun.” Find out how the changing seasons affect Swedish life while looking at beautiful photographs, dressing up in traditional costumes and creating

Participants will make a Dala horse craft – an icon of Swedish culture. This hands-on program will transport children across the world, without ever leaving your location.

Bring the Viking Age to your location. Examine reproduction Viking artifacts while learning about Longships, mythology and trade. Create your own Viking rune stone, and learn how to play Viking chess (hnefatafl).

Why sit and listen to a lecture about the people and places in the New Sweden Colony when students can become the historical figures from the 1630’s! In this entirely interactive outreach program, the classroom becomes a stage on which students act out the dramatic story of the Colony from rise to fall. Students will also get to explore what life was like for the colonists by analyzing artifacts and creating a log cabin to take home.

Did you know that Minecraft, Candy Crush, Bluetooth technology, Spotify, and Skype are all Swedish inventions? This program gives students a personal glimpse into life in Sweden today. Museum staff will be on hand to introduce Swedish culture, politics, environmental policies, and technology innovations to students. This is a perfect program to pair with a multicultural curriculum.

Join the American Swedish Historical Museum for the 2020 Collaborative Summer Reading Program to discover the wonders of Scandinavian mythology and folklore. 

Explore the art of storytelling with the American Swedish Historical Museum! Children will learn about story structure and common themes through Scandinavian folklore and fairytales such as The Ice Queen, Stone Soup, and Knos the Giant. We will then create new characters and plot to act out our own fairytale! This program will also discuss Norse mythology and Viking sagas to compare how different cultures create origin stories to understand the natural world.

The program is 60 minutes long and the cost is $100 (additional travel fees apply for sessions more than 20 miles away). Contact Lauren Burnham, Education & Public Program Manager, at or (215) 389-1776 x 106, to book your program today!

2020 Summer Library Outreach Program Flyer.pdf1.34 MB

Introduce children to the adventures of Sweden’s favorite storybook hero, Pippi Longstocking. In this fun and interactive program, children will act out Pippi’s antics by becoming “thing finders,” playing Pippi’s games, creating a Dala horse craft and tasting Pippi’s favorite cookies – pepparkakor.

My 1st Museum for Preschools (at your Location)

Bring the program that engages children through interactive stories, music, games, art, and museum exploration to your preschool.  Children will get a personal introduction to museum culture. Each program conforms to specific Pennsylvania pre-kindergarten learning standards with preprogram materials available to assist teachers get students ready for their experience.

Cost: $100.00 for groups within 20 miles. Additional travel costs apply for further distances.

If your preschool provides subsidized care for students, inquire about becoming a program partner with ASHM to receive financial aid towards the program fee and transportation.

Children will discover the wonderful world of textiles and learn how wool from a sheep is made into new clothes.

Children will explore all modes of transportation and see at how people get around both in the U.S and Sweden.

Sweden is a leader when it comes to recycling. Children will learn resources can be reused instead of thrown away by playing games and making art with recycled materials.

Children will build those language and math skills by reinforcing their knowledge of the alphabet and learn how to count in English and Swedish.