Stockholm's Nobel Museum is surprisingly small - and delicious.
Nobel left instructions for his estate to establish and fund the Nobel Prizes. The results of this curious man's curious will has been capturing imaginations for over a century, which makes Stockholm's Nobel Museum a fantastic travel destination. And if you have only a brief time to spend in the city like we did, it makes for the perfect short stop. Here's what we enjoyed most about our visit.
Good things come in small packages.
The highlight of my visit was the museum's small theater where you can watch a series of short films detailing the lives and accomplishments of past recipients. Wilhelm Rontgen, pioneer of the X-ray and first winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics, came to life with youthful energy, some 120 years after his ground breaking discovery. The powerful worlds of Nobel Peace Prize recipient Dr Martin Luther King, recorded in the 1950's and 1960's and now broadcast to a new generation, remain as fresh and relevant as when they were first spoken.
Don't forget to look up.
What was curious to me was that some laureates had their prize citation written under their portraits, while others were blank (as you can see in the photo above - click to enlarge). We studied the slowly circulating placards for a long time, trying to determine if there was a pattern or design to this curious occasional omission. If you know, please tell us!
Dig in to Stockholm's best ice cream.
It's a delicious, albeit expensive treat. For about the same price, you can also enjoy the daily lunch menu - a bargain at just 100 kroner for a hot main course, bread, coffee, and salad (all local, fair trade, organic.) My advice is to go for lunch so you can enjoy a rare Stockholm bargain meal and then split your ice cream splurge with a friend.
Take a seat and stay for a while.
I was thrilled to see Arthur McDonald's signed chair as one of those on display. McDonald, the 2015 co-recipient of the physics prize, was born on Cape Breton Island (just like me!), works at Queen's University (my university), and is a physicist (I was a physics student at Queen's! Well, for a week). So clearly we are intellectual equals ;-) As I studied his chair and flipped over my seat after enjoying the ice cream, I was certain Professor McDonald would have approved of my museum excursion.
Our visit to the Nobel Museum was a relatively short one, owing to its small size and our tight schedule, but that doesn't mean it wasn't enjoyable. This is the perfect spot to pop into in the midst of exploring Stockholm. You'll be sure to leave inspired - and refreshed, assuming you'll be drawn to the ice cream as much as I was!
- Value savvy travelers will want to visit on Tuesday nights when the museum is FREE!
- There are free tours offered several times a day at at the museum -here's the schedule.
- Just a 3 minute walk from the museum is our choice for affordable accommodations in Stockholm: Hotel Gamla Stan. You can read our review here, as well as those on Trip Advisor, Hotels Combined, and Expedia .
- Just around the corner from the Nobel Museum is my favourite Stockholm cafe, Coffee Stop. Here's why I love it so much.