ExhibitionJun 20, 2020-May 15, 2022

The Nobel Mystery

Four children trying The Nobel Mystery.
Photo: Johannes Granseth / Nobel Peace Center

Join the search for the last will of Alfred Nobel! In this childfriendly exhibition, built like an escape room, secret clues are hidden. Break the code to open the safe!

The escalator leading up to the second floor of the Nobel Peace Center, has been converted into a time machine. At the top, you find yourself in Alfred Nobel's house. The year is 1896, the Swedish inventor is dead and the whold world is wondering: Who will inherit all his money? The search for Alfred Nobel's testment begins!

The exhibition is built like an escape room and in all the different rooms there are hidden clues and puzzles. The answers will help you crack the secret code that opens the safe where Alfred Nobel's last will is located. Can you break the code to the safe?

The Nobel Mystery is suitable for children from 8 to 100 years old, and can be experienced whenever the museum is open. We had the current public health-situation in mind when creating this exhibtion: you will therefore get your very own Nobel Peace Center-pencil (for you to keep afterwards) that you will need to use to find the hidden clues and solve the mystery.

Photo: Johannes Granseth / Nobel Peace Center
Photo: Johannes Granseth / Nobel Peace Center

The different rooms in the exhbition are built with inspiration from Alfred Nobel's house in San Remo, Italy, where he spent his last years. On your way through the hall, the living room, office and bathroom you wil learn know the man behind the Nobel Prizes in a fun and engaging way.

The furniture used in the exhibition did not belong to Alfred Nobel himself, but we have been inspired by original photos of Nobel's homes. The exhibition contains copies of genuine sketches and documents that belonged to Nobel, and we reproduced some of the content of the actual letters he wrote to his good friend Bertha von Suttner.


The will of Alfred Nobel was a real mystery. He left over 30 million Swedish kroner, which was one of the greatest private fortunes at the time. When Alfred Nobel died on December 10. 1896, the media began to wonder who would inherit his money. When the will was published on January 2. 1897, many of his relatives were disappointed. Nobel wanted most of his money to go to awards for peace, literature, medicine, physics and chemistry. Because of all the negotiations that followed, it took five years for the first Nobel Prizes to be awarded.