Free Admission to Chicago’s Swedish American Museum Center – Second Tuesdays

The Swedish American Museum Center offers free admission on the second Tuesday of each month and this 24,000 sq ft museum is an active 32 year old mid-sized museum located in the heart of Andersonville, one of the most concentrated areas of Swedish culture in the United States, whose Swedish roots date back to the nineteenth century.  All areas are wheelchair accessible (click at bottom for more info)


The Museum consists of several separate division:

  • Temporary art gallery – The Museum has a temporary exhibit gallery featuring four exhibits each year.
  • Permanent exhibit – “A Dream of America – Swedish Immigration to Chicago” tells the story that starts mid 1800s in Sweden on a journey to the New World.
  • Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration – offers children the chance to experience immigration firsthand. Children can explore replications of “stugas,” farmhouses and a Viking ship alongside signs that encourage children to travel back to 1870.
  • Nordic Family Genealogy Center – hosts genealogy classes the fourth Saturday of each month, January to November.
  • Kerstin Andersson Museum Store – features items from a selection of Scandinavian products including Folk Arts, Crafts, Swedish Cooking, Swedish Language and Swedish Christmas.


The Museum is located at 5211 N. Clark St. in Andersonville, a traditionally Swedish area of Chicago’s north side. The entire community welcomes Swedish Americans and celebrates the Swedish holidays. Merchants and residents turn out for the very traditional Midsummer, Lucia and Christmas celebrations. Tourists visit the area continually to sample Swedish food, buy gifts, and visit the Museum Center.   Public Transportation: Clark Street CTA bus No. 22 and Foster Avenue bus No. 92 stop within 150 feet of the Museum Center. The CTA Red Line EL train stops at Berwyn.

Swedish American Museum Hours

  • Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Kerstin Andersson Museum Store Hours

  • Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Friday – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration Hours

  • Monday – Thursday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.




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