About the Germanic-American Institute

The Germanic-American Institute is a 501(c)3 nonprofit connecting people to a broader world through German language and culture.

The GAI carries out its mission through three main areas: Education, Cultural Programming, and Community Building. Within these areas, we offer:


    • Kinderstube German Immersion Preschool
    • Children’s Saturday school and summer language camps
    • Sponsor of the Twin Cities German Immersion School
    • Language classes for adults
    • Individualized tutoring for children and adults
    • Test center for Goethe Institut proficiency exams

      Cultural Programming

      • Public events such as Deutsche Tage, Holiday Open Haus, Karneval Tanzparty, and St. Paul Oktoberfest
      • Cultural events throughout the year featuring authors, speakers, film screenings, and performers from across the U.S. and Europe
      • German culture classes on topics ranging from waltz lessons to German baking and Pysanky egg decorating

      Community Building

      • Interest-based groups such as Skatklub for fans of the German card game and a group for Model Train enthusiasts
      • Monthly community gatherings to enjoy German food, conversation, and socializing
      • Regular opportunities to volunteer and actively participate at events
      • Partnerships with other cultural organizations in the Twin Cities such as the German American Chamber of Commerce, the Jewish Community Relations Council, and the Minnesota Opera

      Our History

      Click here to learn more about the history of the GAI and our historic Summit Avenue mansion.

         301 Summit Avenue • Saint Paul, MN 55102
      Phone: 651-222-7027 • Fax: 651-222-6295 • Contact Us
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