Swedish American Museum
Location5211 North Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60640
Coordinates41°58′36″N 87°40′05″W / 41.97666°N 87.66814°W / 41.97666; -87.66814Coordinates: 41°58′36″N 87°40′05″W / 41.97666°N 87.66814°W / 41.97666; -87.66814
TypeHeritage Museum
Visitors43,000 (2008)
DirectorKarin Moen Abercrombie
Public transit accessUP-N Ravenswood
Red Berwyn

Swedish American Museum is a museum of Swedish American topics and the Swedish emigration to the United States, 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.

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

See also


  1. ^ Cliff Terry. Chicago Off the Beaten Path. Globe Pequot, 2005. 96.
  2. ^ "Andersonville water tower removed today". Retrieved 12 April 2018.