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Swedish American Museum

Swedish American Museum
Established 1976
Location 5211 North Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60640
Type Heritage Museum
Visitors 43,000 (2008)
Director Karin Moen Abercrombie

Swedish American Museum is located in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago.

The Swedish American Museum in Chicago was founded by Kurt Mathisson in 1976. It moved to its current location on 5211 North Clark Street in 1987. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden was present at the museum's founding and at its move to its new home.[1] The museum is housed in a 24,000-square-foot (2,200 m2), three-story building and has a collection of approximately 12,000 objects. It is a core member of the Chicago Cultural Alliance, a consortium of 25 ethnic museums and cultural centers in Chicago.

Water Tower

The iconic water tower above the museum was removed on March 20th, 2014, after being damaged during the harsh winter. [2]


  1. ^ Cliff Terry. Chicago Off the Beaten Path. Globe Pequot, 2005. 96.
  2. ^

External links

  • Swedish American Museum Official Website
  • Andersonville’s Swedish American Museum
  • Kurt Mathisson
  • Article about the museum in Nordstjernan

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