Peace-loving inventor of dynamite
Alfred Nobel (1833-1896) was a Swedish-born inventor, international industrialist, poet and philanthropist famed for inventing dynamite and founding the Nobel Prizes post mortem via donating most of his wealth to its inception in his will.
The Nobel Prizes
Since 1901 the Nobel Prize has been awarded annually on December 10th, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel's death, for achievements in physics, chemistry, medicine, literature and peace, with the addition of Economic Sciences in 1968 via sponsorship from The Riksbank (Sveriges Riksbank)
Making it all worth while
Winners get a medal, a Nobel Laureate diploma, cash (about 1 million USD) and a pat on the back from King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden plus a gourmet feast from Sweden’s finest chefs at the Nobel Banquet. The banquet is the famed televised celebration dinner held in the Blue Hall (Blå Hallen) at The City Hall (Stadshuset) with 1300 guests. The Peace Prize, however, is awarded in Oslo under the eye of King Harald V of Norway.
Alfred Nobel Museums
Learn all about Nobel’s life, inventions, the Nobel Prize, Nobel Laureates and their achievements with a permanent exhibition at the Nobel Museum (Nobelmuseet) at Stortorget, Old Town (Gamla Stan), a cobblestone’s throw from the Royal Palace (Kungliga Slottet) in Stockholm. The museum is family friendly, with two rooms dedicated to kids and a trivia hunt trail.
The Nobelmuseet in Karlskoga in the west of Sweden is located in Nobel’s private summer residence at Björkborn Manor, where he spent the last few summers of his life. The museum has several permanent exhibitions providing an insight into his life and work, including a reconstruction of his laboratory, his death mask, medals and possessions.
Grand Hôtel: Annoy some Laureates and get their autographs at The Grand Hôtel where the Laureates rest their heads for the duration of their Stockholm stay.
Nobel Museum: Free 45 minute guided tours in English every day at 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Bistro Nobel: Have a coffee break (called ‘fika’ in Sweden) and turn your café chair upside down before you go to see signatures of Nobel Laureates that have visited the museum.