Can a shawl bear witness to the struggle for girls’ right to education? When Malala Yousafzai gave a speech at the United Nations headquarters in New York on her sixteenth birthday, she wore a pink shawl. On the rostrum, her message was the same as it was before she was subjected to attempted murder for her struggle for the right of girls to attend school and university: “One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world.” The shawl is part of the Nobel Prize Museum’s exhibition These things changed the world.
For the first time, the museum is displaying a large selection of items from its collection of artefacts from Nobel Prize laureates. These objects tell stories of remarkable discoveries and life achievements. More than 250 artefacts bear witness to revolutionary inventions, courageous peace efforts, groundbreaking ideas and innovative literature.
In the exhibition These things changed the world, you can discover how your life and the world you live in have changed thanks to researchers, writers and activists who have worked in the fields of science, literature and peace. Their discoveries and accomplishments have been awarded the Nobel Prize and have given us new perspectives on our lives and our future.
The exhibition looks at remarkable discoveries and achievements, based on artefacts donated to the museum’s collection by Nobel Prize laureates. They mix the mundane and the personal with breathtaking existential and scientific questions.
Three in-depth displays focus on some of the biggest questions facing humankind – the cosmos, human nature and the ingredients of life. What does everything consist of, and what do we know about black holes? What does the riddle of ageing look like? What do we need to know about human consciousness, human rights and artificial life in order to shape our future?
The stories of these artefacts show how the laureates’ discoveries, insights, stories and peace efforts make life longer, safer and more understandable for you and many other people. Because some things can change the world.
Idea and exhibition production – Nobel Prize Museum
Exhibition Design – Birger Lipinski
Constructions and display cases– Eckerud True Quality
Light and AV– Transpond
Light Design – Maja Lindström
Graphic Design – DOT Stockholm
Interactive object kiosks – CLAY
Media productions – MYT
Visualisations (Cosmos, Life) – Norrköpings Visualiseringscenter C
Interactions & media productions (Cosmos, Life, Humankind) – YOKE
Audio guide – Munck, Online Voices, Mina Asp Romefors
Visualisations Development and Ageing– Digizyme Inc
Translation – Nordén & Berggren
Sculptor – Oscar Nilsson
Print – HolmquistSign
Paper conservator– Lotta Möller
With support from:
EF Education First
The Erling-Persson Foundation
The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation
The City of Stockholm
Ministry of Culture
Ministry of Education and Research
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet, The Norwegian Nobel Committee, The Swedish Academy