Nobel Laureates and their discoveries have given us insight into the planet’s most amazing resource – life. The exhibition Exploring Life: The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine examines how the discoveries of the Laureates have changed our world.

When inventor and industrialist Alfred Nobel penned his will in 1895, he laid the foundation for the world’s most famous award, the Nobel Prize. The exhibition investigates how humans and other organisms are built, what processes are taking place inside of us. It also examines how discoveries have changed our world, including cures for diseases.

Laureates and their contributions also show us the joys and benefits of discovery, understanding, and solving problems.

The Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine have explored life! In our exhibition, you can take a journey into your own body and discover life’s smallest building blocks. The exhibition “Exploring Life: The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine” has several interactive installations that allow you to discover different functions in the body, delve into a cell and build your own DNA double helix.

Olov Amelin, Director of the Nobel Museum.

The exhibition includes one section on Alfred Nobel and one on Islamic medicine. The rest of the exhibition consists of five major parts.

Inside Explorer

Your body is an amazing combination of different parts that allow you to move, think, perceive, and interact with your environment. What do we look like on the inside? Using X-rays and computer calculations, we have gained a clear understanding of how the body’s internal parts were formed. The interactive tables show how the body is built up of bones, muscles, and organs. On the walls you can learn about Nobel Laureates who developed methods for creating images of the body’s internal parts. You can also learn about discoveries by Nobel Laureates on the body’s different parts and their functions.

The Inside Explorer table gives the visitors a chance to explore human anatomy in a way that has previously only been available in healthcare and research. It is an interactive visualization table making it possible to examine virtual objects which are 3D scanned using X-ray equipment, such as CT and microCT scanners, and other scanning technologies.

These visualization tables will be used in both the exhibition and in educational programs.

Seeing the Invisible

To understand many of the processes of life it is necessary to study smaller than those which can be perceived by the naked eye. The development of different types of microscopes have been of great importance for the development of physiology or medicine. At the table in this room you can look at some parts of your body through a hand-held microscope. You can also see examples of images with different levels of magnification. On the walls you can learn about Nobel Prize-awarded achievements connected to different types of microscopy.

The Cell

Your body is composed of trillions of tiny cells, all derived from a single fertilized egg cell. In addition, there are even more, even smaller cells in the form of microorganisms that live in your body. The interactive installation on the floor allows you to step into a human cell and explore different parts and processes, such as aging, reactions to bad external influences, and storage of energy. On the walls you can learn about discoveries by Nobel Laureates related to cells, their various parts, and their development.


In this room, you can explore the structure of the DNA molecule with the help of the model. You can also watch a film about DNA and the role this molecule plays in life’s fundamental processes. On the walls you can learn about discoveries by Nobel Laureates related to DNA and other Nobel Prize-awarded discoveries related to our genes.

Diseases and Cures

Our bodies have an amazing ability to repair damage and protect themselves against attacks. Even so, there are a wide variety of diseases that threaten life and health. This room uses statistics to describe a number of serious diseases and their prevalence today and in the future. On the walls you can learn about Nobel Prize-awarded discoveries related to diseases and efforts to prevent and cure them.