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Discover Philadelphia's roots at the American Swedish Historical Museum. The ASHM is dedicated to sharing Swedish culture in America- from over 300 years of history in the Delaware Valley, to contemporary perspectives on global issues: the museum has over 10 galleries where children can explore Swedish and American culture, art, and history.

PLANING YOUR TRIP The museum is pleased to offer hands-on, standards-based group programs Monday through Friday, by reservation. Field trip programs are 90 minutes and include an interactive lesson as well as a project to take home.  Programs and accompanying activities are adaptable to various grade levels. Information about connections to Pennsylvania state academic standards is available here.

COST $4 per student, minimum fee is $60. For every five students, one adult is admitted free. Additional adults are $4 per person. Payment is due on the day of your visit.

SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE to qualifying groups thanks to the generosity of corporate, foundation and individual sponsors. Please contact the education department for requirements.

AMENITIES Brown bag lunchroom facilities are available by reservation, but food and beverages are not for sale at the museum. Weather permitting, FDR park can serve as an excellent picnic area. The museum gift shop is available to visiting groups.

POLICIES Maximum group size is 60 children. One chaperone is required for every 10 children.

CANCELLATION POLICY 24 hours notice is required for cancellations, if less than 24 hours notice is given, you will be billed for the full estimated amount.

Contact the education department for more information and to book your visit, call 215-389-1776 or e-mail us at

New Sweden Colony: 2nd-12th grades

Did you know that the Swedes were the first Europeans to settle the Delaware Valley? This program focuses on the founding and legacy of the New Sweden Colony, established in 1638 along the Delaware River. Using museum collections and hands-on artifacts, children will explore how and why the settlement began, learn more about Swedish relations with local Native Americans, and experience elements of colonial daily life. Discover what traces of the New Sweden Colony remain today in Philadelphia and the surrounding area - perfect for children studying Pennsylvania, New Jersey or Delaware History.

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Philadelphia: The Great Experiment Teacher Resources
Full Episode- A Lost World (1600-1680)  

Swedish Holiday Traditions: K-8th grades

Celebrate holidays the Swedish way! Even though we may celebrate some of the same holidays in the United States, Swedes have many unique traditions. From Midsommarfest, to Easter, to the Lucia festival before Christmas, children will participate and discover how Swedish holidays throughout the year differ from our own.


Orienteering: 4th-12th grades

Challenge your navigational skills as you get to know this popular Swedish sport. Participate in an environmental education activity that teaches children how to use a compass and map. Children will take part in a scavenger hunt and record findings in a field journal. This is an indoor/outdoor program that takes place in the museum and the surrounding Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park.

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Lucia Festival of Lights: Preschool-5th grades

Participate in a historic Swedish holiday tradition – the Lucia festival. Lucia, the saint of light, has long been honored on December 13th, the longest night of the year. Children will learn the legend of Lucia, explore Swedish Christmas traditions, and experience the magic of a traditional Lucia procession. Don’t forget your camera!


Voyaging Vikings:  3rd-8th grades

Take a journey back in time to the age of the Vikings (800-1100 AD). Children will examine a 1,000 year-old sword, dress up in Viking armor, and use hands-on artifacts to discover more about this often misunderstood culture, and how we are still impacted by it today. Highlights include analyzing rune stones and playing Viking chess (hnefatafl).

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