Outreach Lessons

Bring the Museum to your classroom, local library, or recreation center. These fun and interactive presentations allow children to experience part of the Museum collection at your location. Outreach lessons are 60 minutes, recommended group size is 25 children. Programs can be scheduled back to back for larger groups.

Cost: $150 for groups within 20 miles. Additional travel costs apply 21-50 miles away add $50, 51-100 miles away add $100, and 101-150 miles away add $150. Payment is due on the day of your program.

2024 Summer Library Programs

Viking Explorers Activity Program (ages 7-12): Set sail with the Vikings! These Scandinavian explorers charted a course over much of the Northern Hemisphere. Learn about their travels through Viking boat and navigation activities, and try your hand at being a Viking! 

Play with Pippi Storytime Program (ages 2-6): It’s storytime with beloved Swedish children’s book character Pippi Longstocking! Play some of Pippi’s favorite games from Villa Villekulla, and make a Pippi craft to take home!

Sweden Today!

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.

Meet Pippi Longstocking

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.

Swedish Holiday Traditions

Celebrate holidays the Swedish way! Even though we may celebrate some of the same holidays in the United States, Swedes have many unique traditions. From Midsommarfest, to Easter, to the Lucia festival before Christmas, children will participate in and discover how Swedish holidays differ from our own.

Kids will create their own traditional Swedish woven paper heart to take home.

Voyaging Vikings

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).

New Sweden Colony

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.

Gemenskap Games: Making Friends the Nordic Way!

Explore community and friendship with the American Swedish Historical Museum! Gemenskap means community in Swedish, and during this program, children will learn about Nordic communities through team-building STEAM activities. Participants will play Viking games, make a paper heart craft, repair a fishing net like a Sami village, and build models of the Sara Cultural Center in Sweden, one of the tallest wooden buildings in the world! Discover what it means to be a vän (friend) in Sweden.