Swedish American History via Museum and Sailing Ship
We will begin the day with a guided tour of the American Swedish Historical Museum in South Philadelphia. This charming museum, modeled after a 17th century Swedish manor, uses a timeline, tapestry and artifacts to tell the story of the New Sweden colonists who settled the greater Philadelphia area in the mid-1600’s, even before William Penn arrived. Three of the museum’s twelve galleries are devoted to the history of the New Sweden Colony, while the other nine galleries showcase the museum’s vast collection of Swedish-related artifacts including furniture, silver and fabrics. In keeping with our Swedish theme, we will travel to the nearby South Philly IKEA for a genuine Swedish lunch, at our own expense, in their restaurant overlooking the Delaware River. Choices range from Swedish meatballs and salmon lasagna to Swedish cakes and pastries. Following lunch we will board a replica of the sailing ship Kalmar Nyckel for a one and a half hour cruise on the Christina River in Wilmington. The original Kalmar Nyckel served as Governor Peter Minuit’s flagship for the 1638 expedition that founded the colony of New Sweden, establishing the first permanent European settlement, Fort Christina, in present-day Wilmington, Delaware. Once aboard, we may assist the crew hauling lines and setting sails, or we may choose to sit back and learn about the history of the original Kalmar Nyckel.
NOTE: Because the Coast Guard requires passengers to supply their contact information, the office will be in touch with you after you register.
Cost includes transportation, entrance fees, snacks and gratuities.
500 – $164
8:15 a.m. to approximately 6 p.m.
Bus leaves Cheltenham High School promptly at 8:15 a.m.
WEAR SOFT-SOLED SHOES FOR COMFORT AND STABILITY ON THE SHIP