The Nobel Museum: Sharing Alfred’s Lasting Legacy

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I cannot begin to express how meaningful it was to visit the Nobel Museum in Stockholm (this is because a certain someone has a dear family member who is a Nobel Laureate). Simply put, we were bursting with excitement as we stepped inside.

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What a sight, the Nobel Museum, beautifully presenting the work of Alfred Nobel and the Nobel winners. We were able to interact with kiosks and read displays throughout the museum, which shared inspiring stories. High above, images of the Nobel Laureates whirred by.

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Alfred’s medicine bag, samples of his letters, details of his travels, and stories of his family and their tragic loss were also displayed. He was a prolific traveler and writer, to say the least. We joined the English language tour, which was free, to learn even more.

Mindful Moment:

Our Nobel tour leader was doing an amazing job of sharing riveting history in this very small room (above), when all of a sudden a teen and her father entered. I thought they were there to quietly listen to the tour.

Needless to say, my eyes almost popped out of my head when the teen walked through our seated tour group and loudly (disdainfully) told me to move out of her way. I was grateful I remembered to just breathe as I moved aside.

When the teen and her father stayed and (dismissively) held loud conversations on top of our tour leader’s voice, our tour guide educated them about the need to respect the tour. This is when the father admonished the tour. My eyes popped again. I kept breathing.

These things happen. Sometimes another’s behavior can feel so overwhelming that their presence nearly ruins a lovely event. And trying to educate those who feel entitled can result in escalating behavior. Yet if it’s safe to simply breathe, calm can prevail within us.

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And the ceremony! Can you imagine being there?

The Nobel Museum: Sharing Alfred’s Lasting Legacy | OMventure.com

I may have envisioned myself in a dress…

The Nobel Museum: Sharing Alfred’s Lasting Legacy | OMventure.com

It was such a delight to see the museum’s gift shop contain the most intellectually stimulating items I’ve ever seen in a gift shop. They are not to be missed.

The Nobel Museum: Sharing Alfred’s Lasting Legacy | OMventure.com

I’m not sure why it felt so incredible to see these postcards. Possibly because I’m regularly in awe of how much brainpower there is in this world.

The Nobel Museum: Sharing Alfred’s Lasting Legacy | OMventure.com

The museum’s bistro was as beautiful and cozy as the rest of the museum.

The Nobel Museum: Sharing Alfred’s Lasting Legacy | OMventure.com

In fact, if you look under a bistro chair, you’ll see where Nobel Laureates have left their signature. A special seat at the table, indeed.

The Nobel Museum: Sharing Alfred’s Lasting Legacy | OMventure.com

Congratulations to all, on this lasting legacy.

Travel TIPs:

  • The Nobel Museum is a smaller museum, so it can become quite crowded by midday (great motivation to arrive earlier/in the morning hours).

  • In a few years, the Nobel Museum will move to a new (larger) location, right next to the National Museum (where a special painting resides).

  • The Bistro Nobel sold a few gluten-free treats, but this eatery was one of the few in Stockholm that didn’t sell veg food, so it’s wise to eat before arriving.

  • The bathrooms (toalett) were private and clean. There’s also a large private family/handicapped toalett.

  • The desire to return to the Nobel Museum is immense, especially to stroll through the gift shop…a perfect store for the intellect.


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