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Erlander Home Museum

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The cultural centerpiece of Rockford's Swedish-ancestry community, Erlander Home Museum is located in Rockford's first brick home, built by John and IngaStina Erlander family in 1871. Restored to its original Victorian decor, the twelve-room home features collections that include Rockford-made furniture, a renowned collection of more than 50 dolls created by Charlotte Weibull and many artifacts recalling Swedish immigration to northern Illinois and Rockford's Swedish heritage.

The Swedish Historical Society is organized exclusively for historical, educational, and charitable purposes. In harmony with this purpose is the operation of the Erlander Home Museum and the preservation of Swedish-American history and culture of Rockford through such activities as the conservation of artifacts, museum displays and educational programs.

Don't miss the Midsommar Festival in mid-June, Crayfish Party in September, Julmarknad and Lucia in early December and so many more events throughout the year!

Museum Tours by appointment only - call 815-963-5559. Please allow one week advance notice. $7 admission for non members.

The Swedish Historical Society has reciprocating museum membership agreements with Swedish American Museum of Chicago, IL and Swedish Institute of Minneapolis, MN.

  • Admission: $7 for non-members | Group rates for 10 or more available | Call or email one week in advance.
  • Hours: Museum tours are by appointment only. Please allow one week advance notice.
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