From the age of the Vikings to the settlers of the New Sweden Colony (1638-1655), to contemporary issues in Scandinavian society, the American Swedish Historical Museum will take you back in time and across the sea to learn the stories of Swedes in America.

Go Swedish! Smörgåsbord and Beyond

The American Swedish Historical Museum created an exhibition that used the museum collections to explore Swedish food traditions and the dynamic role of food in Sweden and Swedish-American culture. Discover which foods are characteristic of different regions in Sweden, and how Swedish cuisine has changed over time because of trade and modernization. See traditional uses of essential ingredients such as fish and game, breads and baked goods, milk and cheese, and coffee and desserts. Popularized Swedish meals such as the smörgåsbord—and that other famous mainstay, the Swedish meatball— reveal the important role food plays in cultural identity, holiday traditions, and social relationships. There are a lot of choices out there; make the decision to Go Swedish! And join us in a celebration of food and culture.

This exhibition was made possible by grants from SWEA New Jersey, SWEA Washington DC, and the Swedish Council of America. Additional support comes from Aquavit New York, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, IKEA Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and an anonymous foundation.

Exhibition no longer on display.

American Swedish Historical Museum - Go Swedish! Smörgåsbord and Beyond


ASHM- Smorgasbord exhibit panel