Stockholm’s Free Museums: The Nobel Museum

The Nobel Prize Ceremony is a highlight of the Swedish calendar so it’s no wonder that Sweden dedicates an entire museum to celebrate these successes of innovation and discovery.

Now the Nobel Museum does not offer not free entry all the time but… every Tuesday evening between 5-8pm, entry is free so you can enjoy all this museum has to offer on a real shoestring budget!

What to expect?

The museum has been set up well to house and showcase the great Nobel Prize Winners of the past. Of course, much of the exhibition is focussed on the current Nobel Prize Winners, including the special ‘Nobel Creations’ exhibit: an exhibition devoted to visual, artistic and musical interpretations of the Prize Winners’ work.

You can also explore the Nobel Prize winners from previous decades and be amazed as you learn who these Nobel Prizes were awarded to in years gone by (no spoilers here – but you are sure to recognise many of the inventions, discoveries, literary works and recipients of this prestigious award).

Two walk-in cinemas are set up highlighting films about past Nobel Prize Winners (the film order seems to be fairly random so you never know who you might hear about). There is a small area dedicated to the life and work of Alfred Nobel and a children’s area with activities to keep them entertained (the museum has also created a quiz for children to complete as they explore the exhibits – just ask at reception).

One thing that really caught our eye was a mechanism hanging above the exhibits that moved in a train-track style along the museum’s ceiling to showcase past Nobel Prize Winners. We thought this was a great idea!

We visited on a Tuesday night in January and were so surprised at how few people were taking advantage of their free entry offer. So…next Tuesday evening –  this is definitely the place to be.

Location: Nobelmuseet: Stortorget 2, (the main square in Gamla Stan)
Nearest Tube: Gamla Stan (Red and Green Lines)
Free Entry Opening Times: Tuesday 17:00- 20:00
All Opening Times
1 September–31 May – Tuesdays: 11:00 – 20:00, Wednesday to Sunday: 11:00 – 17:00. Mondays: closed.
June 1–August 31, Everyday 10:00 to 20:00
(may be closed for Christmas, New Year and Midsummer – check their website here)

Have you been to the Nobel Museum? What did you think? Is it worth the regular 100 SEK entry fee on normal days? We always love to hear your thoughts. Get in touch by leaving a comment below.

14th January 2016

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  • BL Esq

    Hopefully the plans for the proposed Nobel Center will be scrapped. The enormous concrete box would destroy the cultural heritage:

    • Yes – it will be interesting to see whether is goes through or not. I agree that it is not at all in keeping with the historic buildings along Stockholm’s waterfront and I do struggle to see how it will fit in!