Step Back in History

Gammelgården | old farm

Established in 1972, Gammelgården Museum of Scandia honors the Swedish immigrants who founded the community and celebrates the story of all immigrants to their new land. With eight open-air museums throughout Minnesota, Gammelgården Museum is the only one of this type in Washington County. Focusing on history, art, culture, and agriculture, Gammelgården is the singular open-air museum devoted to preserving, presenting, and promoting Swedish immigrant heritage in the United States.

Housed in six buildings on the historic gammelgården, or old farm, where the community of Scandia was first established, Gammelgården invites visitors to step back in time, experience the stories of Swedish immigrants, and relate them to their own family immigration stories.


Gammelgården Museum of Scandia

is open for the 2024 season.

See below for the days and hours

that the museum is open.

Please visit the Event Calendar

to register for upcoming classes,

workshops, and youth camps. 


Välkommen Hus & Butik
May 4 – December 22, 2024
Wednesday – Saturday
10 am – 4 pm
1 pm – 4 pm

Closed New Year’s Day,
Martin Luther King Day,
President’s Day,
Holy Week and Easter,
Memorial Day, Juneteenth,
4th of July, Labor Day,
Indigenous Peoples’ Day,
Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve,
Christmas, and
New Year’s Eve.

Historic Buildings
Open only during tours and
large, public events.
Building signs and virtual tours
provide information and a
glimpse inside the buildings
when the buildings are closed.

Museum Tours

May 5 – October 13, 2024
Friday and Saturday
10:30 am, 1:00 pm, and 2:30 pm
1:00 pm and 2:30 pm

$10 Admission/Tour
$9 Admission/Tour for Military – Retired and Veteran
(See Blue Star Museums below for admission and
tour information for
Active Military Personnel)
$9 Admission/Tour for Time Travelers Members
Free Admission/Tour for Gammelgården and
ASI Current Members, and
Children under 12

Thursday and Friday
Details and Registration Here
to schedule

Blue Star Museums
Gammelgården is proud to
participate in
Blue Star Museums,
a nationwide program that
honors active-duty
military personnel, including
active-duty Reserve and
National Guard, and their
families. At Gammelgården,
active-duty personnel and
up to five family members
per visit receive free
admission to the museum
and walk-in tours (see above
for walk-in tour schedule).

Gammelgården Museum of Scandia

is proud to be a part of Blue Star Museums

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including the National Guard and Reserve, and their families each summer. The program begins on Armed Forces Day in mid-May and ends on Labor Day at the beginning of September.

The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military–Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard–including Reservists, National Guardsman (regardless of status), U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum.

The military ID holder and up to five family members are allowed in free per visit. The military ID holder can be either an active duty service member or other dependent family members with the appropriate ID card. The active duty member does not have to be present for family members to use the program. Just bring your DD Form 1173 ID Card, or DD Form 1173-1 ID Card, for active duty military family members.

We look forward to seeing you at Gammelgården Museum of Scandia!

With Your Help

We can continue to preserve, present, and promote Swedish immigrant heritage.