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“Gammelgarden” means Old Farm in Swedish. Here visitors can step back in history and experience the lives of early Swedish immigrants in the only open air museum devoted to Swedish immigration in the United States.

This Swedish heritage museum includes the oldest Lutheran Church (built in 1856) in the state of Minnesota; the church’s first parsonage (1868), farm buildings, picnic area, and gift shop. Today, in buildings that have been carefully preserved and restored, visitors can get a glimpse of the daily lives of these immigrants and participate in events and classes to learn more about the culture and times.

Visit the many buildings on Gammelgarden Museum’s 11 acre site. You tour guide will give you information about the Valkommen Hus, Prast Hus, Gammel Kyrkan, Ladugard, Immigrant Hus, and Swedish Stuga. They are open May 1st-October, Friday through Sunday from 1:00-4:00pm. Other times are available by appointment. Gammelgarden is located in Scandia, Minnesota just twenty-five minutes north of Stillwater. *There is a small fee of $4 per person.

Some fun recurring events include:

Sunday Worship in Gammelkyrkan: 8:00am Memorial Day-Labor Day

Midsommer Dag: This festive celebration is on the 4th Saturday in June. (June 25th, 2009)

Spelmansstamma: Fiddlers and dancers flock to this event on the 3rd Saturday in August. (August 15th, 2009)

Lutfisk Dinner: Love it or Loathe it, the dinner (including Swedish meatballs!) is held on the 3rd Thursday in November. (November 19th, 2009)

Lucia Fest: Lucia Day is celebrated on the 2nd Sunday in December. (December 13th, 2009)

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