ExhibitionJun 20, 2020-Jun 20, 2021

The Nobel Mystery

Photo: Kiki Fallet / Nobel Peace Center

The year is 1896. Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel is dead. Who will inherit all his money? Join us in the search for the last will of Alfred Nobel!

The Nobel Mystery: Searching for Alfred Nobel's Will is a brand new family-experience at the Nobel Peace Center. The escalator, up to the museum's second floor, has been converted into a time machine, and at the top you will find Villa Nobel - Alfred Nobel's house in San Remo, Italy. There are hidden clues and puzzles that will help you crack the secret code that opens the safe where Alfred's last will is located. Can you break the code to the safe?

Photo: Johannes Granseth / Nobel Peace Center

"The Nobel Mystery is a fun and educational experience for children of all ages. You get to know Alfred Nobel and the history behind the Nobel Prizes in a different and engaging way," says Toril Rokseth, Programme Director at the Nobel Peace Center, about the new family-experience.


Welcoming you to the Nobel Mystery, is no other than Alfred Nobel's old assistant: Ragnar Sohlman. Sohlman was one of the first to read the will of Alfred Nobel, and it was Sohlman who was commissioned to carry out Nobel's last will. Sohlman founded the Nobel Foundation, which is still managing the remaining wealth of Alfred Nobel.

Photo: Johannes Granseth / Nobel Peace Center

The Nobel Mystery is suitable for children from 8 to 100 years old, opened to the public on Saturday June 20, and can be experienced every day throughout the summer. 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.

The furniture used in the exhibition did not belong to Alfred Nobel himself, but we have been inspired by original photos of Nobel's different 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.


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Tuesday - Friday 12:00 pm. - 5:00 pm. (CLOSED)

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Adult: 120 NOK

Student & Senior: 90 NOK

Children (12-18): 50 NOK

Children under 12: Free

Family (2 adults/ x children under 18): 240 NOK

Nobel Peace Prize Laureates: Free

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