Nobel Peace Center
Located in Oslo, Norway, the Nobel Peace Center is the showcase for the prize and all that it represents. This is the center where politics and culture merge in order to promote debate, involvement, and reflection on such topics as conflict resolution, peace, and war.
The Nobel Peace Center presents the winners of the award and their work. In addition, the story of Alfred Noble is told as well as the other Nobel prizes. These stories are told in several ways using interactive technology, multimedia, meetings, theater, debates, exhibitions, conferences, and concerts. There is a broad educational program as well as guided tours.
The center offers a foundation and network for Nobel institutions that are represented by the Nobel Foundation. The foundation also provides informational activities as well as arrangements for the presentation of the prize each year. The current director of the center is Bente Erichsen. The chairman of the board is Geir Lundestad.
HRH King Harald V from Norway opened the Nobel Peace Center in the year 2005. The opening ceremonies were attended by the royal families of Sweden and Norway. Wangari Maathai, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate was present as well. Since the fall of 2009, there have been over 400,000 visitors welcomed by the center.
The center is located at the former railway station for Oslo West. The building dates back ti 1872 and stopped being used for the railway in the year 1989. The building is near the Oslo City Hall and overlooks the harbor. The city hall is where the award ceremony for the Nobel peace prize is held each year.
The creative design of the building is credited to architect David Adjaye from Britain. This includes the color schemes. The hi-tech installations were developed by David Small from the United States. The Norwegian Ministry for culture finances the Nobel Peace Center. Admission fees and private sponsors help pay for it as well. The temporary exhibits at the center are all fully sponsored.
Nobel Peace Center Photo Gallery
Nobel Peace Center video guide
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