Centre to have “attractive spot for Swedes and tourists”
A massive private donation of SEK 800 million ($122 million) has given a crucial boost to create a new Nobel Centre, to be positioned adjacent to the National Museum of Fine Arts on Stockholm’s central Blasieholmen peninsula.
The centre will have more space for visitors and researchers, giving Sweden’s Nobel Prize the visibility it deserves in the capital city. The donation has come from the Erling-Persson Family Foundation and the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.
“This will be a much larger venue than the current museum in Gamla Stan, roughly four times as big,” Annika Pontikis, public relations manager at The Nobel Foundation, tells The Local. “The location is fantastic, it’s quite close to other museums by the waterfront, and we envision it to be a very attractive spot to visit for both Swedes and for tourists.”
An international architectural competition will start on June 14, and the winning design for the building will be unveiled next year. The opening is being timed for December 2018. The centre will feature shops, a restaurant and a café as well as research areas.
[pictured: A young Alfred Nobel]