The Nobel Peace Center in Oslo is a world-famous institution dedicated to fostering active discussion about and reflection on topics related to war, armed conflict, and peace efforts. With more than 250,000 visitors every year, the center ranks as one of the most popular attractions in the Norwegian capital that should be included on every to-do list. Included in the Oslo Card.
Unlike the other four Nobel Prizes that are handed out in the Swedish capital Stockholm, the Nobel Peace Prize is the only one to be given out in Oslo, recognizing the recipients’ efforts in promoting international peace efforts, contributing to de-militarization, and working towards peaceful cooperation. Although the exact reason why Alfred Nobel chose the Peace Prize to be awarded in Oslo remains a mystery, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has been selecting the laureate since 1901. Since 1990, the annual award ceremony, an absolute highlight of the Norwegian political and social life that the entire country takes part in, has been held on December 10 in the Oslo City Hall.
Arranging a fascinating combination of permanent and temporary exhibits along with guided tours, lectures, debates, and special events throughout the year, the Nobel Peace Center highlights various topics and themes related to war and conflict resolution. These exhibits cover a range of vitally important and relevant topics, including, for instance, the prize laureates’ life and work, giving voice to those impacted by wars past and present, and illuminating the ways in which militarized violence permeates our everyday culture. The center has garnered particular international acclaim for its use and display of documentary photography.
To provide an adequate setting for the center, the Norwegian parliament decided to convert an old railway station dating back to 1872, located right in the heart of Oslo and in close proximity the harbor as well as the City Hall. This combination of carefully restored historical architecture and state-of-the-art technology serves as the perfect backdrop for one of the world’s most important attractions that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.