The Stunning Building In Minnesota That Looks Just Like Hogwarts
No, there is no Hogwarts in Minnesota. But, driving along Park Avenue, just south of downtown Minneapolis, you may do a double take as you pass a building that looks just like the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
You wouldn’t normally expect to see Hogwarts in Minnesota.
To find Hogwarts - or at least the castles that stood in for it in the film versions of the books - you’d have to travel to the United Kingdom. Universal Studios in Orlando and Hollywood also boast versions of the wizardry school.
But the Turnblad Mansion, which houses the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, could fool you.
The châteauesque building’s turrets, gargoyles, and decorative lions definitely give off a Harry Potter vibe.
The historic home is full of massive fireplaces, just like Hogwarts.
Each of the mansion's 33 rooms has its own style and decor.
Like Hogwarts, the American Swedish Institute is full of history.
In addition to its permanent collection, the Institute hosts a regular rotation of exhibits and seasonal displays that touch on Minnesota’s strong Scandinavian roots.
You may even find a fantastic beast or two…
Like the giant Dala horse that stands watch over ASI during warm weather.
The Turnblad Mansion’s Grand Hall rivals the Great Hall at Hogwarts.
You may not be able to hoist a flagon of butterbeer at ASI, but visit its FIKA Cafe for a cup of kaffe and a Swedish-inspired snack.
Have you been to the American Swedish Institute? Do you think it looks like Hogwarts, or would you have chosen a different Minnesota building?
If you love castles, consider booking one of these
Minnesota castles where you can stay overnight and feel like royalty. Address: American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407, USA
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