Swedish American Museum is located in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago. The Swedish American Museum in Chicago was founded by Kurt Mathisson in 1976. It moved to its current location on 5211 North Clark Street in 1987. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden was present at the museum's founding and at its move to its new home.
The museum is housed in a 24,000-square-foot (2,200 m2) building and has a collection of approximately 12,000 items of objects. It is a core member of the Chicago Cultural Alliance, a consortium of 25 ethnic museums and cultural centres in Chicago.