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“Disappointing”

Norwegian Nobel Institute
Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

At the time of writing there are only eleven reviews and the institute is ranked 145 out of 404 in Oslo. I’m surprised and not surprised. I’m surprised this is not a major unmissable display explaining the history of the Nobel peace prize and its winners and their achievements. I’m not surprised that this small and frankly dull museum gets poor reviews. To be fair, there is one room, I believe permanent, which contains photos of all the winners and a brief comment on their achievements. I thought it really good. It’s an imaginative display which reacts to people as they pass each winner’s picture. However, the operative words are “brief comment”. If there was any discussion on the controversial awards (to Kissinger, say, or Aung San Suu Kyi, or Begin, or even Obama, awarded before he’d had a chance to do anything) I didn’t see it. And that is only one room. As someone else says, perhaps it makes a huge difference what the periodic exhibitions are. Today we expected from publicity that there would be something about the Berlin Wall: there wasn’t. There was instead a series of glossy photos which might have been out of some us society magazine and which looked trivial to me. They had no meaning till one read the captions; a thousand words were certainly more meaningful than these photos. (It was about the pursuit of riches.) No doubt this will soon be gone. Maybe its replacement will be better. But the experience has diminished the Peace Prize in my eyes. I felt some professional help from a serious museum would make the world of difference. This one didn’t try hard enough.

The attached coffee and tea house was on the other hand very nice: great Danish pastries/Viennese swirls, ok coffee, good toilets, and especially helpful and charming staff. The museum receptionist was really helpful too, by the way.

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Reviewed 3 January 2018

Gosh, this museum will probably stay with me as an experience like no other for many years. I didn't think that I would be this taken with this institution, but it's aims and awards got to me. For instance, I was struck by the fact that the Nobel Peace Prize wasn't awarded to Ghandi! The Museum does not shy away from this fact and visitors add encouraged to discover for themselves the reasons why this astonishing omission was made.
You need stamina for this museum, it's packed with all minds of thought provoking exhibitions.

Thank Gina S
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Reviewed 31 December 2017

The Nobel Peace Prize was established by the Swedish inventor and businessman Alfred Nobel through his last will, a bust depicting his face is at the front of the building. .

Although no one knows for sure why Alfred Nobel wanted the Peace Prize in particular to be awarded by a Norwegian committee it is assumed that in a way he forasw thata after the dissolution of the union between Norway and Sweden, Norway would be a better suitor to grant the award since it has not been in as menay conflicts as Sweden. edish inventor and businessman Alfred Nobel

Through exhibit one gais an insight of why have the laureates been awarded. We spent most of the time listening to Nobel recipiets.

The actual exhibit is Ban the Bomb, it will finish by 25 Nov 2018. It is mainly an exhibition about the atomic bomb and Peace Prize laureate ICAN's work to abolish it.

I would recommend the visit only to adults who have lived long enogh to know a few a few laureates, otherwise it might be boring.

ENTRANCE FEES:
Adult: 100 NOK
Student/Senior: 65 NOK
Family ticket: 180 NOK
Children under 16: Free

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Reviewed 21 June 2017

This Institute Building creates inspiration to make progress for the world and human kind. There is an aura around it of passion and intellect.

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Reviewed 25 February 2017

The building is located in Aker Brygge, in the harbour, just a few meters from the City Hall. Since this is one of the most important institutions in the world, I expected a much more impressive building. Visits are allowed for free and there are exhibitions inside.

Thank Ramon_Knudsen
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