Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration

Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration Hours

The Children’s Museum will open again on Tuesday, Nov. 29. Before then we invite Museum family members 2020 – current to book a timeslot to visit. More information can be found in the event calendar.

The Museum is closed on the following days: New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.

About the Brunk Children’s Museum

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.

For a list of family programs please click here.

Paintings by Frida Willis

Frida Willis has paintings available for sale in the Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration.

Frida Willis was Born in Sweden, but now living in San Francisco. Frida was  leading “Art time” sessions at 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. Frida now paints everything from the moon and back. She makes a lot of commission work but also for display. To learn more about her work please visit

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