Burcu Başar

Stockholm: Nobel Museum

My first visit to Stockholm was during autumn on September day. It was shortly after the Nobel literature prize of Orhan Pamuk, who is still among my favorite Turkish authors. I remember dropping off my luggage at my hotel which was right outside Stockholm and almost running to see the Nobel Museum. It may be that I felt some sort of ownership towards the museum since a Turkish person has been awarded with one of the prizes! Even though it is occasionally criticized especially for its choices for the Nobel Peace Prize, Nobel is still one of the most prestigious institutions of Sweden. The museum is located right in the middle of the most popular neigbourhood of Stockholm – Gamla Stan. This small museum hosts numerous sections devoted to the history of Nobel prize in addition to sections focusing on “Nobel Laureates” – the term used to define those who have been awarded with the Nobel Prize. The museum also has the tinniest bistro with a window sitting area overlooking the street. You can tour around the museum and then enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of wine sitting in the bistro and watching one of the busiest streets of Stockholm. I never came across big crowds in this museum that I had a chance to visit twice. The museum is open from 9 am to 8 pm between June and August whereas the opening hours shift between 10 am to 11 am during the other months of the year. The museum is closed on Mondays. While the entrance is subject to a fee, you can join the guided tours organized by the museum stuff without an additional fee.