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.

Current Special Exhibitions

The Sweetest Side of Life: Swedish Candy and Confections is a new pop-up exhibition at the American Swedish Historical Museum featuring the collection of Tyler Graybeal, owner of Sweetish–Swedish Candy and Goods. Tyler is an avid collector of vintage Swedish Candy tins, wrappers, bottles, postcards, and advertisements. Though candy is a major part of Swedish culture, it is more than just a sugary indulgence. It reflects the nation's emphasis on togetherness, balance, and the celebration of life's little pleasures.

Swedish Folk Weavings for Marriage, Carriage, and Home is an exhibition of rare and artful cushions and bed covers woven by women for their households. Many have inscribed dates ranging from 1750 to 1840. Such textiles were used on or displayed for special occasions and were a significant form of decoration for the typical household. The design elements and patterns reflect the influence of centuries of trade since the Viking era.

Weaving a New Chapter: The Material Lives of Swedish Immigrants tells the story of Swedish immigration to America through the objects they brought with them in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Sweden’s craft and textile history has been an intrinsic part of Swedish heritage and cultural identity at home and abroad. Swedish immigrants produced remarkable fiber arts for centuries and brought their knowledge of weaving, knitting, embroidery, lacemaking, and trade skills to their new homes.

Launched in 1928, the same year construction of the American Swedish Historical Museum was completed, the Swedish ocean liner Kungsholm was one of the earliest vessels decorated in the Art Deco style. The Kungsholm’s fashionable passenger spaces made her a popular ship, even during the Great Depression.

The ASHM is celebrating 300 years of Scandinavian glass in its renovated gallery.