From the age of the Vikings to the settlers of the New Sweden Colony (1638-1655), to contemporary issues in Scandinavian society, the American Swedish Historical Museum will take you back in time and across the sea to learn the stories of Swedes in America.

New Nordic Cuisine

ASHM’s upcoming exhibition, New Nordic Cuisine, is the defining exhibition on one of the most important cultural phenomena to come out of the Nordic countries in recent decades. It focuses on a value-driven food system that has captured the attention of world-famous chefs and home cooks alike over the past 15 years.

The 2004 Nordic Food Manifesto articulated a set of values for approaching food through the lenses of local production, seasonality, ethical production, and innovation. The manifesto and reactions to it have sparked a robust dialog about food culture, both in the Nordic countries and around the world. By examining Nordic food trends in a fun, interactive format, this exhibition introduces visitors to contemporary Nordic food and its driving values today.

In addition, the Nordic Cuisine YouTube channel brings stories to people wherever they are - from recipe demonstrations to restaurant tours, to interviews with influential chefs and foodies. Check it out!

This exhibition was organized by the Museum of Danish America, Elk Horn, Iowa. It is support at ASHM by grants from the Swedish Council of American and SWEA New Jersey with additional support from the ASHM Auxiliary, Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, George C. and Esther Ann McFarland Foundation, Midsommarklubben, and an anonymous foundation. Additional support provided by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund and from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania