Stockholm and Nobel, these two names are inseparably linked. A visit to Stockholm is the best opportunity to discover more about the person of Alfred Nobel and his legacy.
We take the subway from the central station to Gamla stan, the old town of Stockholm on the island of Stadsholmen. Our destination is the Nobel Museum, which is currently housed in the former old stock exchange, but in 2018 will move into the planned Nobel Center.
Through the medieval streets and lanes, whose atmosphere determine the old town, we reach Stortorget.
Stortorget is a square in the center of the old town, framed by medieval houses with high gables and various roof shapes. Here you find many restaurants. The entrances are designed as magnificent portals.
An old fountain adorns the middle of the square. On the northern side is the Nobel Museum. The Swedish Academy and the Nobel Library are housed in the building decorated with columns.
The square is also often used as a meeting place, correspondingly you find many tourists here.
We meet our charming guide Aviva, who will accompany us to the rest of the day in the footsteps of Alfred Nobel, in front of the museum.
The Nobel Museum aims to impart knowledge about Alfred Nobel as well as all Nobel laureates and their achievements. Furthermore, the information and exhibits shall invite the visitors to reflect.
Felix and Olivia from the Nobel Museum welcomed us at the entrance. They will guide us through the museum and provide us with a lot of background information.
On his death, Alfred Nobel left a fortune of 31 million Swedish crowns, which was brought into the Nobel foundation. According to his will, 94% of the assets are used to annually award a prize to five persons, who created the greatest benefit for the whole humanity. The fields of knowledge include physics, chemistry, medicine, and literature. In addition, a price for the best peace efforts is awarded.
The Swedish National Bank later supplemented another area of knowledge and donated the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.
6 columns in the entrance area of the Nobel Museum describes the different prizes. The panels of the previous 900 Nobel Prize laureates hang on the ceiling. Of the 900 awards, 825 were assigned to men, 49 to women, and 26 to organizations.
The rooms of the museum include a creative space, where you can watch films of selected personalities.
Also, personal things of Nobel prize winners are exhibited. Among others, you see a letter from Albert Einstein to his sons and in which he wrote how he wants to use the Nobel Prize for the purchase of a house.
One of our guides calls our attention to a funny anecdote. At the age of 12, Randy Schekman (2013 Nobel Prize for Medicine) saved his pocket money in a piggy bank to buy a microscope. In an emergency, his parents borrowed the money and forgot to pay it back. When Randy noticed this, he went to the police to report the theft. Thereupon his father had to pick him up at the police station. On his way back home, he bought little Randy his desired microscope.
The Nobel Museum also has a nice café, the Bistro Nobel. Before you sit down on one of the chairs, you should turn it upside down. You will find the signatures of all the Nobel Laureates who have visited the museum.
We received no Nobel prize, but a delicious Nobel Ice Cream. This ice is produced exclusively for the Nobel Museum and was served as a dessert at the Nobel Prize Banquets from 1976-1998.
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Disclosure : The tour was sponsored by Visit Stockholm. However, all opinions are our own.
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