How did Marie Curie measure radioactivity and why can May-Britt Moser’s rats provide insights into our ability to determine position? In the exhibition Experiment – Ideas, Tools and Nobel Prizes, visitors can explore a wide range of experiments from throughout Nobel history.

To experiment is to play with nature. Curiosity compels us to ask what happens if we try new things, and we learn from the results. Experimentation can be anything from a child learning through play to an adult trying out different flavours in the kitchen. Experimental researchers use this curiosity to ask questions about how the world around us works. An experiment can confirm a theory or prove it isn’t true. It can also produce such surprising results that it leads to brand new theories.

We want to show that experiments are both important and can be fun

Erland Flygt, exhibition producer at the Nobel Museum.

Experiments are incredible tools with which to think, discover and answer questions.

The exhibition presents ten experiments that were all crucial for discoveries that have been awarded a Nobel Prize. The experiments are about ideas such as how we orient ourselves in a room, why we inherit traits and how we can study the smallest elements of the universe. Among the Nobel laureates in the exhibition are famous names such as Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, and Peter Higgs.