Welcome to the Gust Akerlund Photography Studio

Gust Akerlund Studio


Built in 1905, the Gust Akerlund Photography Studio, an historic photography studio, is on the National Register of Historic Places. It was used for over half a century by Swedish immigrant Gust Akerlund. The site is fully restored and includes his original furnishings, cameras, and other equipment, and also a 12-foot skylight. It is the only studio of its kind in the Upper Midwest, and possibly one of a few left in the entire nation.

For a detailed timeline about Gust Akerlund and his studio, print a copy of the Life & Times Of Gust Akerlund and the Akerlund Stutio.

Check out also the recent feature piece done by Minnesota Public Radio.

The studio was also featured in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, about our negative digitization efforts.

Photos & Negatives:

Because of Akerlund's prolific work, the museum has over 14,000 negatives taken by him that cover almost all facets of life in the Cokato area from the first half of the 20th century. Over 11,000 of those are the rare glass plate negatives. Reprints of Akerlund negatives are available at a nominal cost.

Use of site:

The Akerlund Studio is available for private or commercial use. Rates are $25 per session. You must supply your own photographer. Call the museum to make a reservation. For more details, download this informational packet (1.5 mb pdf file).

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