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

Tiny things are so much more than just toys! Explore some of the smallest objects in ASHM’s collection through four display cases on ASHM’s Balcony. From small playing cards and dice to a doll’s desk with a revolutionary history and a craftsman’s advertising models, discover the many stories of these mighty miniatures!  

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.

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.