Inspiring peace

Inspiring peace in the heart of Oslo

Desmond Tutu, Barack Obama, the EU,

Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela have something in common they have all demonstrated extraordinary leadership,

and they have all won the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize.

The award ceremony, taking place every 10 December, has the attention of the whole world.

The Nobel Peace Center is an impressively interactive and engaging museum, making topics of war,

Inspiring peace peace, conflict and human rights approachable for the regular visitor.

As former US president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jimmy Carter said after visiting the museum,

“it was a pleasure to visit a museum of peace in a nation dedicated to peace and human rights”.

The museum opened in 2005 in honour of the prestigious prize, its founder Alfred Nobel and, Inspiring peace not least, the worthy laureates.

“Our goal is to inspire and contribute to peace. And we try to do it in a way that makes our visitors reflect on what they can do to make the world a more peaceful place,”

says executive director Liv Tørres.

Many a hero has walked through these doors, as the Peace Prize laureates themselves open the annual Nobel Peace Prize exhibition every year.

This year’s Peace Prize exhibition is about the 2015 laureates, the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet,

while one of the most memorable exhibits to date is undoubtedly that of Malala Yousafzai who won the prize together with Kailash Satyarthi in 2014.

The young Pakistani girl was shot by the Taliban for fighting for girls’ right to schooling and the museum was the first to ever

exhibit the iconic school uniform she was wearing on the day.

The main exhibition showing now is about Carl von Ossietzky, a whistleblower in pre-war Germany and the Peace Prize Laureate of 1935.

The jewel at the museum is the Nobel Field, the stunning room that presents all the winners of the prize.

“These people have contributed to peace in some of the most difficult conflicts of our times,

leaving a legacy of courage and hope and, by example, showing that it is indeed possible to achieve peace and a better world.

We hope that this can inspire and set the example for others,” Tørres says.

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