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American-Swedish Historical Museum

  • 1900 Pattison Ave. Map It
  • South Philadelphia

Published 02/01/2016

Fodor's Review

Near the sports complex in deep South Philly, this neoclassical building with big stone arches in FDR Park celebrates Swedish contributions to American history. The Swedes settled the Delaware Valley in the mid-1600s, and it was a pair of Swedish brothers who owned the land William Penn bought and called Philadelphia. This museum is set amid architectural remnants of the nation's 1926 Sesquicentennial Exposition). Modeled after a 17th-century Swedish manor house, it features galleries that concentrate on a certain era or particularly industrious character. The John Ericsson Room honors the designer of the Civil War ironclad ship the Monitor, and the Jenny Lind Room contains memorabilia from the Swedish Nightingale's American tour of 1848–51. One exhibition details Swedish immigration in the 19th century. Other rooms display handmade costumed Swedish peasant dolls, crafts, paintings, and drawings. It's not the most exciting place, but the weird location and building, combined with its examination of forgotten but essential history, make it an interesting visit. You can take the Orange Line subway down Broad Street to Pattison Avenue; when you get out, cross Broad Street and walk five blocks west through the park to the museum.

Sight Information

Address:

1900 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19145, USA

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Phone:

215-389–1776

Sight Details:

  • $8
  • Tues.–Fri. 10–4, weekends noon–4

Published 02/01/2016

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