Day Twenty Eight- The Nobel Museum and the Royal Armory

This morning we woke up to another beautiful breakfast and then headed into the city. We went straight to the Nobel Museum because Alexander was so excited to see it! 

The museum contained artifacts from different Nobel laureates, each having to do with their work. Each piece helped us to better understand the accomplishments of these brilliant minds. We also learned about the life of Alfred Nobel and saw interactive exhibits demonstrating the work of some of the scientists who won the Prize. 

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Afterwards we walked the one or two blocks over to the Royal Palace. It was just in time to see the changing of the guard. It was definitely not as glorious as the one in England, but it was still interesting to see them. 

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We thought it was free to get into the palace, but when we saw that we would have to pay, we decided that we had seen plenty of palaces and that we should do something else instead. Fortunately, the Royal Armory was free! So we were still able to the clothing, weapons, carriages, and other traditional pieces that were used by the crown throughout the centuries.  

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While walking around we saw a World Triathalon going on throughout the center of Stockholm. Everywhere we turned there were people running along! 

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When we made our way through the runners, we had lunch at an outdoor cafe on one of the cute little old streets. Our last stop for the day was at the Hallwylska Musset. It is a woman's house from the 1800s that has been turned into a museum. This woman had spent her life collecting beautiful artwork, china, swords, and other valuable and historical items with the intention of sharing it after her death. All of the rooms in this mansion are preserved to look just like they did when the woman and her husband lived there. It was interesting to step into her life, everything was absolutely extravagant- gold from floor to ceiling, works from accomplished painters on the ceilings, giant woven tapestries that covered entire walls, and handlaid wood mosaics on the floors- each room was a work of art. This place seriously rivaled some palaces in its elegance. 

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We went back to our AirBnB for the evening after stopping at the grocery store for dinner supplies. We are having a quiet night at home and are going to watch a movie!