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Today the American Swedish Historical Museum (ASHM) retrieved an 1861 Colt Revolver that had belonged to Swedish immigrant Major Nere A. Elfwing, who fought in the American Civil War. The revolver was part of a 50-year-old cold case that was cracked by the FBI in 2019. It was stolen from ASHM in the 1970s by Thomas Gavin, who was recently convicted of the series of thefts in the 1960s and 70s.

Have you heard the news? The American Swedish Historical Museum was voted Best Museum by Metro Philly readers in the Metro Philly's first Best of contest!

ASHM is excited to partner with PHS for this year’s Philadelphia Flower Show! For the first time in the show’s history it will be outdoors in FDR Park with a few exhibits in ASHM galleries. With this large-scale event happening in our building there will be some changes in access before and during the show. If you plan on visiting the museum from May 18th- June 23rd, 2021 here is what you need to know regarding parking and museum access. If you have any questions please give us a call at 215-389-1776.

In accordance with the January 4th City of Philadelphia COVID-19 revised restrictions ASHM galleries will reopen effective Friday, January 8th, 2021.

Our Gift Shop will remain open and is expanded into the Grand Hall so that we can accommodate shoppers in a socially distanced space. We are also happy to take gift shop orders over the phone for curbside pick-up. 

Immigration is the story of people and places, but we often forget how diverse these stories are. Instead, we focus on general pictures and the archetypical immigrant’s story as representative of millions of people. Similarly, it is easy to imagine the story of Scandinavian immigration to the United States as always being tied to the American West, envisioning families working their way to Illinois, Minnesota, or even further to the Pacific coast. But this is not the full story of the 2.3 million Scandinavians who came to the United States in the 1800s and early 1900s.