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American Swedish
Historical Museum
1900 Pattison Avenue
West Chester
Philadelphia, Pa 19145
Cross Street: Airport Road
Hours of Operation
Regular Hours Tuesday-Friday, 10 to 4 Saturday-Sunday, 12 to 4 closed Mondays and holidays admission adults: $8 seniors & students: $6 Children 5-11: $4 Children under 5: FREE ASHM Members: save $1 admission prices shown are effective September 1, 2011. admission for special events varies.
The American Swedish Historical Museum in South Philadelphia is the oldest Swedish Museum in the United States. Founded in 1926, the Museum has been dedicated to preserving and promoting Swedish and Swedish-American cultural heritage and traditions for more than 80 years. The Museum is a place where Swedes, Swedish-Americans, and people of all nationalities who appreciate Swedish contributions to history, art, architecture, music, science and technology can come together. Read more about the history of the Museum. The Museum is located in Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park in South Philadelphia, near the sports complex. The Museum today consists of 12 permanent galleries, one changing exhibition gallery, and a library. The Museum is open Tuesday - Friday, 10 to 4. Saturday and Sunday between 12 and 4. During times of inclement weather, please call the museum at (215) 389-1776 to see if we are open. See admission information. The Museum is handicapped accessible. Please call 215-389-1776 ahead of time to get access to the handicap entrance. If you wish to be kept informed about what is happening in and with the Museum.
  • Event Rentals: The following rooms are available for rentals; Grand Hall, New Sweden Room, Nobel Room, Assembly Room, and outdoor courtyards. Additional galleries are available for self-guided tours, tour guides are available by prior arrangements
  • Rental Fees $1,500 for 5 hours (includes set up and take down time) or $350/hour $200/hour for each additional hour over 5 hours $300 security depositWhy not host your next event at the American Swedish Historical Museum?
  • The Museum is available all week from 9 am until 11 pm. All functions must end at 11 pm, and the building needs to be cleaned and vacated by midnight.
  • Special Features:
  • Elegant Grand Hall and Staircase
  • Free and plentiful Parking
  • Convenient access to Interstate 95, Route 76,
  • Center City, Sport Complexes, and the Airport

  • Pastoral Setting in Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park

    . For more information on rentals click here
  • Volunteer: The Museum welcomes volunteers to help with all of its activities. For information about any of the membership groups, call (215) 389-1776 or email. You may also email the group directly at the email listed in the description. For members of the Museum, membership groups organize and run Museum events throughout the year and continuously provide support to the Museum. Volunteering is a wonderful way for members to share Swedish interests and traditions.

  • Education Programs: The American Swedish Historical Museum offers a variety of educational programs for all audiences. From school programs, to Swedish language and cooking classes, to Swedish genealogy, the museum has something for learners of all ages. Click on the links below to find out more. 

    For additional information, or to schedule a program or field trip, please call the Education Director at (215) 389-1776 or email


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