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Photo: Illustrations: Qvisten Animation

Humanitarian superstar

02 June 2017–03 Dec 2017

Take inspiration from the story of Fridtjof Nansen’s life and his efforts on behalf of refugees presented in this small exhibition that is particularly suitable for children.

Fridtjof Nansen may have been an explorer, scientist and diplomat, but it was for his humanitarian work that he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1922. He led the effort to repatriate Russian prisoners of war after World War I, and provided aid and assistance to other refugees and prisoners of war. Nansen was the first High Commissioner for Refugees, and he lay the foundations for today’s international refugee relief work. He also lent his name to the “Nansen passport”, an identity card that gave refugees important rights.


The exhibition Humanitarian superstar tells the story of Norway’s perhaps most famous Peace Prize laureate in a way that is eminently suitable for children. The exhibition features a cartoon created by Qvisten Animation and the Nobel Peace Center. Children can also take pictures of themselves alongside a life-sized figure of Fridtjof Nansen.

The last time the Nobel Peace Center staged the Nansen and I exhibition was in October 2010, when it was officially opened by Norway’s Crown Prince and his family. We are making it available to the public once again in connection with Detours, our major exhibition on refugees located on the ground floor.

Nansen is a Norwegian Peace Prize laureate who did a great deal for the refugees of his day. His story can still be a source of inspiration today, almost a century later. It also shows that the refugee issue is not new, says Liv Tørres, executive director of the Nobel Peace Center.

Nansen and I was created by the Nobel Peace Center in 2010 with the assistance of Sparebankstiftelsen DnB NOR.

The exhibition is on display in our classroom on the upper floor, and might therefore not be available to the public between 10 am and 3 pm on weekdays.