Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration

In June 2001, we opened the nation’s first children’s museum of immigration with a hands-on interactive exhibit for children of all ages. The Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration has a Swedish focus; however, the story of Swedish immigration parallels that of many other groups who left the old world behind and forged new lives in America.

The Children’s Museum, located on the third floor of the Swedish American Museum, offers children the chance to experience immigration firsthand. They will engage in a myriad of historical tasks in a century–old Swedish farmhouse, or stuga, replicated in authentic detail. Here they can milk a cow, set a table for dinner, and bring in fire wood. A 20-foot immigrant steamship will take them on a journey to America, where they will learn about life in a pioneer log cabin.

Admission to the Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration is free with Swedish American Museum general admission. Most of our facilities are wheelchair accessible. The Children’s Museum hosts school tours on weekday mornings and is open to the public from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Please click here for more information about school tours.

Planning a group play date at the Children’s Museum? Groups of 10 or more should contact us to make a reservation. Please email for information about group discounts or call 773.728.8111.

Moon Mondays with the Buzz Aldrin Education Cart

moon-monday-cartThe Buzz Aldrin Education Cart will be available for exploration the first Monday each month starting on March 7, 2016. Moon Mondays will allow guests at the Swedish American Museum and the Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration to enrich the experience of the Buzz Aldrin: Space Visionary exhibit. This tech-equipped mobile exhibit will be used on a regular basis as part of our educational programming as well as during select school tours as well. This complement to our Buzz Aldrin: Space Visionary exhibit was made possible through a grant from the Swedish Council of America.




Paintings by Frida Willis

Frida Willis paintings are available for sale in the Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration. Born in Sweden, but now living in northern California with her family, Frida began painting for her two young daughters. As they got older, Frida became more active in her local education system by leading “art time” sessions at her daughters schools and local libraries. These programs, centered on Scandinavian literature, rapidly became an inspiration to Frida’s work, in which she reinterprets the illustrations from Swedish children’s books.

For additional information on the pieces for sale, please contact the education manager at or 773.728.8111 extension 26.