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Meaning “old farm” in Swedish, the Gammelgården Museum is the only open air museum devoted to preserving, presenting and promoting Swedish immigrant heritage in the United States. In buildings that have been carefully preserved and restored, visitors can get a glimpse of the daily lives & artifacts of these immigrants and participate in events and classes. The main exhibit in the Välkommen Hus and our Butik gift shop are open daily May – December.


  • The Välkommen Hus  is built in the style of 1850’s Swedish farmhouse and houses a classroom/meeting area, Butik gift shop and restrooms.
  • Präst Hus was built in 1868 as the first parsonage for the Elim Congregation. This is the oldest existing parsonage in Minnesota.
  •  The Immigrant Hus features the same Swedish log construction as the Gammelkyrkan and the Präst Hus and was used as a home until the early 1900’s.
  • Gammelkyrkan is the first sanctuary of Elim Lutheran Church, and was built in 1856 and is the oldest Lutheran church building in Minnesota.
  • Stuga, in immigrant times, meant a rectangular building, with 1 door, a corner stove, the home of peasants.
  • Ladugård (barn) was constructed in 1879 at the request of Rev. Eric Hedeen.
  • Aerial view of the Gammelgården Museum