At the Swedish American Museum, we pride ourselves in offering a wonderful array of exhibits, events, and programming that honors, celebrates, and educates Museum visitors on Sweden’s past, present, and future. For the Museum to be able to continue to provide these services and unique learning experiences, we need the support of donors like you. Outside support enables the Museum to maintain and expand our current programming, as well as fill the gaps in the Museum’s operating budget not covered by other funding sources.

Thank you for your support and interest in the Swedish American Museum!

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    40th Anniversary Campaign

    2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the Swedish American Museum and thanks to your continued support, we have come a long way since we first opened our doors in 1976. Since then, our Museum has had over 1 million visitors, more than 250,000 children learning about language and culture, and hundreds of families researching their history. With your … Read More


    of $1,000,000 goal


    Water Tower

    water towerThe Museum’s iconic water tower was removed after it was damaged by an extraordinarily harsh winter in 2014. For nearly 90 years, it served as a landmark for the neighborhood of Andersonville. The water tower tank was painted to look like the Swedish flag in honor of the area’s rich history and cultural ties to Sweden.

    We have currently raised $150,000 to aid us in covering the costs of replacing the water tower. Please consider making a donation to help us with the final stretch, and stay tuned for updates as we work together to replace this treasured icon!

    The Kurt Mathiasson Heritage Society

    For over 30 years, the Swedish American Museum has helped preserve Swedish immigration heritage and provided educational and cultural opportunities for many thousands of children and adults. You can be a part of ensuring this important mission for future generations by making a bequest to the Museum in your will, trust, or other estate plans. Click here to learn more about how you can leave a legacy.

    Immigrant Wall

    immigrant-wall-of-honorPreserve your family history and honor your immigrant ancestors by placing their names on the Immigrant Wall of Honor. Purchase a brick to be personalized with a brass plaque, engraved with the honoree’s name, country/nationality, and year of immigration. The cost is $50 per brick and is tax deductible.

    If you are interested in making a tax–deductible gift today, please contact our Executive Director, Karin Moen Abercrombie at or 773.728.8111 ext. 29.

    Make a Memorial Donation

    Please include who the donation should honor in the notes during the checkout process.

    Give While You Shop

    The Swedish American Museum is part of iGive, an online shopping platform that donates a portion of all purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. Shop at one of the 1700+ stores you already love while not paying a penny extra. The store will cover your donation!

    You can easily shop with iGive by downloading the app on your smartphone, installing the toolbar on your browser, or simply shop through It is free, no extra cost, and no extra work is needed. Please click here to visit the iGive website for more information.

    Shop through and select the Swedish American Museum to make a difference! There is no added cost and the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of your purchase to the Museum.


    GTM Day

    Give to the Museum Day is a special day set aside for members and friends to make online donations to the Swedish American Museum. Tack så mycket for your support to the Museum this year! The date of next year’s Give to the Museum Day will be in June 2017.




    giveswedishgivingtuesday2016#ILGive is a one-day, statewide movement to do good in our own communities on #GivingTuesday. By giving locally we can have a major impact on the causes we care about most while building a stronger, more vibrant Illinois.

    We need your support in order to continue offering exhibits, events, and programming that honors Sweden’s past, present, and future. When you #GiveSwedish, you help support field trips for hundreds of schoolchildren in the only children’s museum dedicated to immigration.

    Thank you to all of our #GivingTuesday supporters who donated on Nov. 29, 2016!