Galileo's Telescope


The Instrument that Changed the World

The major fall exhibition is about Galileo Galilei and his importance for modern science. One of Galileo's original telescopes are shown.

Modern science is in many ways based on the scientific revolution that was started when Galileo in 1609 directed his telescope towards the moon. This exhibition explains why this experiment was so revolutionary: how it came to change our idea of the world, and how Galileo's method laid the foundations for the modern scientific method.

Only two of Galileo's original telecopes remain; one of these is the centerpiece of the exhibition.

-"This is as close as you get to the Mona Lisa in the history of science", says head curator Olov Amelin.

Höstens stora utställning handlar om Galileo Galilei och hans betydelse för den moderna vetenskapen. Ett av Galileos originalteleskop visas.

2009 is the celebration of the International Year of Astronomy, marking the 400th anniversary of when Galileo first aimed his telescope on the moon.

The exhibition is curated by Giorgio Strano and is on loan from Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza in Florence. More on the exhibition can be found on their homepage.

The exhibition is supported by main sponsor Officine Panerai, The Swedish National Space Board, the Swedish Research Council and Vinnova.


The Nobel Museum hosts both permanent and temporary exhibitions, on the Nobel Prize, the Nobel Laureates, Alfred Nobel and related topics.

From the blog


Nobel Creations Inspires Creativity and Ingenuity in the U.S.

Nobel Creations: Inspired by the Nobel Prize has made its U.S. debut at the American Swedish Institute (ASI) in Minneapolis, MN, USA to much acclaim. It can be seen until May 26th.

Publicerad 28 Apr. Comments

Book bindings in new exhibition

The Nobel Museum have since 2006 produced exhibitions where book binders are invited to interpret Nobel Laureates in Literature. In this year's exihibiton, Alice Munro and Mo Yan are interpreted by Swedish, Canadian and Chinese book binders. 

The exhibition is on show until September 27.  

Publicerad 16 Apr. Comments

New exhibitions over the world

The Nobel Museum are opening new exhibitons all over the world. We can be seen from the Americas to Asia. 

Publicerad 4 Mar. Comments


Nobelmuseet Stortorget 2, Gamla Stan, Box 2245, 103 16 Stockholm
work +46 8 534 818 00
Executive Editor: Olov Amelin

Main sponsors

Today at the Museum

Opening hours


Daily Special

Today's lunch is served weekdays when the Museum is open.