The biggest and brightest stars in the world shine in Stockholm – we are not talking about George Clooney or Meryl Streep – the greatest minds in the world invade the capital city of Scandinavia for Nobel week 2015.
Since 1901, the eyes of the world have turned to Stockholm in the first week of December as they honor Nobel Laureates for the works in areas as chemistry, medicine, physics, literature and more. These are the Oscars for big-brained nerds that shape our world, cure diseases, let us escape in great works of art and encourage us to stand up for all human rights.
Nobel week is filled many lectures, events, ceremonies and the big Nobel banquet hosted by King Carl XV1 Gustaf of Sweden, which caps off the week at city hall in Stockholm. Here are five great ways to stimulate your gray matter, get immersed in the Swedish artistic culture and even release your inner dancing queen.
Located in the heart of the Gamla Stan area of Stockholm, the Nobel Museum is the premier location to gain some serious knowledge about one of the preeminent awards from around the world. This museum of intelligence is an interactive display of the history of past prize winners and cultural rock stars from Martin Luther King to Dr. James Watson, who helped discover DNA structure to Ernest Hemingway. Guests can even sit down for a royal meal at the museum bistro, choosing dishes on the menu from past awards banquets.
With the dominance of social media around the globe today, pictures are more ingrained in our everyday cultural society more than ever, and the Fotografiska Museum captures our world and daily lives through the art of photography. Housed in an old warehouse with a picturesque view of Stockholm Harbor, this museum is an all in one art space with music and comedy nights, along with an award-winning farm-to-table restaurant overlooking the water.
ABBA Museum and Swedish Music Hall of Fame
The impact of pop music has had a global ripple which is traced through the lifeline of one of the greatest acts of all time, Sweden’s own super group, ABBA. Situated in the lush surroundings on the island of Djurgårdsvägen, the ABBA Museum and Swedish Music Hall of Fame gives a contextual music timeline of modern-day artists such as First-Aid Kit and Swedish House Mafia to historical musical influences of the past such as the Cardigans and Roxette.
ArkDes National Center for Architecture and Design
Together, lasting design and architecture can create a better society and innovative, self-sustaining metropolis for the future. This is the idea and motto behind the forward-thinking design community which is ArkDes, an imaginative and resourceful workspace for the millennial generation and beyond. Definitely, a place to grow your brain by two sizes.
End your quest for knowledge with a nightcap in the ever libatious house of cocktails at the Spirit Museum. Spend an hour with booze, as guests are guided through the relational history of Sweden and alcohol, along with the cultural significance around the world. Cheers to a great ending in a very smart city!