Nobel Institute


It is unclear why Alfred Nobel chose Norway to administer the Peace Prize, but whatever the reason, it is a committee of five Norwegians, appointed for six-year terms by the Norwegian Storting (parliament), that chooses the winner each year, and their meetings are held here behind closed doors. You can, however, visit the library, which contains some 200,000 volumes on international history and politics, peace studies and economics.

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Nearby Oslo attractions

1. Nasjonalbiblioteket

0.16 MILES

A thoroughly modern library where you can view important documents of Norway's cultural heritage, from 13th-century manuscripts to magazines, films and…

2. Ibsen Museet

0.17 MILES

While downstairs houses a small and rather idiosyncratic museum, it's Ibsen's former apartment, which you'll need to join a tour to see, that is…

3. Queen Sonja Art Stable

0.22 MILES

The former palace stables, used for half a century as storage, were reopened as a public gallery space by Queen Sonja on her 80th birthday. The charming…

4. Royal Palace

0.22 MILES

The Norwegian royal family's seat of residence emerges from the woodland-like Slottsparken, a relatively modest, pale-buttercup neoclassical pile. Built…

5. Oslo Contemporary

0.31 MILES

The westside's best commercial gallery. Set in a former garage, it represents an interesting line-up of emerging and established conceptual artists,…

6. Slottsparken

0.34 MILES

Rising up above the western end of central Oslo is the sloping parkland of Slottsparken, one of the capital's first public parks. Filled with rambling…

7. Nobels Fredssenter


Norwegians take pride in their role as international peacemakers, and the Nobel Peace Prize is their gift to the men and women judged to have done the…

8. Historisk Museum

0.47 MILES

The Historical Museum is actually three museums under one roof. Most interesting is the ground-floor National Antiquities Collection (Oldsaksamlingen),…