Experiment - Ideas, Tools and Nobel Prizes

17 september 2016 – 10 september 2017

How did Marie Curie measure radioactivity and why can May-Britt Moser’s rats provide insights into our ability to determine position? In the exhibition “Experiment – Ideas, Tools and Nobel Prizes,” visitors can explore a wide range of experiments from throughout Nobel history.

To experiment is to play with nature. Curiosity compels us to ask what happens if we try new things, and we learn from the results. Experimentation can be anything from a child learning through play to an adult trying out different flavours in the kitchen. Experimental researchers use this curiosity to ask questions about how the world around us works. An experiment can confirm a theory or prove it isn’t true. It can also produce such surprising results that it leads to brand new theories.

“We want to show that experiments are both important and can be fun”, says Erland Flygt, exhibition producer at the Nobel Museum. “Experiments are incredible tools with which to think, discover and answer questions.”

The exhibition presents ten experiments that were all crucial for discoveries that have been awarded a Nobel Prize. The experiments are about ideas such as how we orient ourselves in a room, why we inherit traits and how we can study the smallest elements of the universe. Among the Nobel laureates in the exhibition are famous names such as Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, and Peter Higgs.

A weekly drop-in lab is held at the exhibition, Tuesday through Sunday, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. On Sundays, families with children are invited to “Experiment special – an open workshop for inquisitive kids!”, where we explore mysterious powders and see if it’s possible to blow up a balloon with chemistry. Sundays 18 September – 30 October, 13 November – 18 December, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.


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


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Executive Editor: Olov Amelin

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