Bring the museum to your classroom, local library or recreation center. These fun and interactive presentations give children a chance to experience part of the museum collection at your location.

Off-site programs are available Tuesday through Thursday by reservation. Lessons are 60 minutes, recommended group size is 30 children.

$100 for groups within 20 miles. Additional travel costs apply as follows: 21-50 miles away $50, 51-100 miles away $100, 101-150 miles away $150. Payment is due on the day of your program.

Check out the places we visited in Summer 2011.

To schedule an outreach program for your group please contact the education department at 215-389-1776 or at


For the Love of Sports: 1st-6th grades

Recommended for summer library outreach.

Sports excite people from all around the world. This year for the 2016 Collaborative Summer Library Reading theme “On Your Mark, Get, Set…Read!” introduce families to athletics and culture by booking the American Swedish Historical Museum’s outreach program!

From the Viking game of Kubb to the epic challenges of Orienteering, Swedes have always been on the forefront of athletic competition. With the Olympics right around the corner, learn which sports Swedish athletes are known for and how people from all over the country incorporate athletics into their lifestyle. Families will get to try their skill at inside versions of tennis, hockey, and even long jump skiing! At the end of the program kids will get the opportunity to create a sport of their own invention, and who knows, it may even make it into the 2028 Olympic games!

Check out our Summer 2016 Library Outreach schedule.

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Swedish for all Seasons:  1st-6th grades


Explore the country of Sweden, “land of the midnight sun.” Find out how the changing seasons affect Swedish life while looking at beautiful photographs, dressing up in traditional costumes and creating a Dala horse craft – an icon of Swedish culture. This hands-on program will transport children across the world, without ever leaving your location.

Growing up in Colonial New Sweden: 1st-6th grades

Enhance the study of early Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware history in this program focused on the 17th century Swedish colonists. Students will get a true sense of colonial life as they handle real animal pelts, use their senses to discover Native American herbal remedies in a matching game, and make butter to spread (and taste!) on Swedish crisp bread. This program includes a free copy of the children’s book Elin’s Amerika by Marguerite de Angeli.


Set Sail with the Vikings: 1st-6th grades

Bring the Viking Age to your location. Examine Viking artifacts while learning about Longships, mythology and trade. Create your own Viking shield and jewelry, and learn how to play Viking chess (hnefatafl).


Meet Pippi Longstocking: Preschool – 1st grade

Introduce children to the adventures of Sweden’s favorite storybook hero, Pippi Longstocking. In this fun and interactive program, children will act out Pippi’s antics by becoming “thing finders,” playing Pippi’s games, creating a Dala horse craft and tasting Pippi’s famous cookies – pepparkakor.

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