Nobel Peace Center Norway
Opened in 2005 by HRH King Harald V of Norway as part of the country's independence centenary celebrations, the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo chronicles the ideals of the Nobel Foundation, and presents the biographies and works of Nobel Laureates through the years. Visitors to the center will discover that exhibits are designed to encourage reflection and debate on important issues relating to war, peace and conflict resolution.
The majestic building housing the Nobel Peace Center was built in 1872, serving as Oslo’s railway station until 1989 and then becoming a tourist center. It is centrally located near the Oslo City Hall, overlooking the harbor. Having served as a communication center of one type or the other since it was built, the building continues to play an important role – this time to communicate the values and aspirations initiated by Alfred Nobel and carried on by a group of dedicated supporters. Financed by both private and public institutions, the Nobel Peace Center has been instrumental in entertaining and educating students and members of the public through a series of cultural events, exhibitions, activities and lectures.
Exhibitions are changed regularly to highlight different themes and focus on individual or groups of Nobel Laureates, ensuring that each visit to the Nobel Peace Center is interesting. Exhibits include various types of media and artistic expression, including photography, installations and films. Current exhibitions include two photo exhibitions entitled Transit and Nansen and I focusing on the life and works of Fridtjof Nansen (10 October 1861 – 13 May 1930) and the refugee situation in the world today, bringing to the attention of visitors that more than forty-three million people around the world have been displaced due to conflict, famine, economic conditions and natural disasters. Through a series of photographs taken by multiple award-winning Norwegian photographer Espen Rasmussen, the attention of visitors is drawn to the plight of refugees in countries such as Chad, Colombia, Afghanistan, Georgia, Serbia, Yemen and Norway. This intrepid traveler and advocate for human rights initiated an identity document for stateless persons, which came to be known as the Nansen Passport. Following his death, his supporters formed the Nansen International Office for Refugees to continue his work.
The Nobel Peace Center presents hundreds of thought provoking and inspiring displays and stories about people who have made, and continue to make, a significant difference in the lives of individuals and the world. This fascinating attraction in Oslo, Norway, is sure to make an impact on all who take the time to explore it.