»We may live a remote life out here in the dunes, but the sea jolly well makes sure we learn about everything from the distant regions of the Earth.«
L. Mylius-Erichsen, 1904
The St George Shipwreck Museum tells the story of the dramatic shipwrecks off the coast of West Jutland and the people’s encounters with seamen from all over the world.
On Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 October we will be celebrating Halloween at the St George Shipwreck Museum.
Throughout 2017 we are presenting The Sea, The Sea, a special exhibition of works by the painter, Erik Styrbjørn Pedersen.
Every day 10.00 am - 5.00 pm
Every day 11.00 am – 4.00 pm
Adults DKK 70
Children under 18 Free
Groups can book a guided tour of the Museum.
Guided tour weekdays DKK 1,000
Guided tour weekends DKK 1,500
If you would like to visit us with groups of schoolchildren, you are advised to email the Head of Department, Helle Sigh at email@example.com or phone her on (+45) 2118 8003 prior to your visit.
We will then make sure that the pupils get the most out of the visit.
At the Shipwreck Museum you can conclude your visit in our well-stocked museum shop, where we sell the likes of books and gift items.
In the St George Café and Restaurant we serve fresh fish and other delicious food, and coffee and cakes during the Museum’s opening hours.
If you wish, you can reserve a table by calling (+45) 2041 0060
It is also possible to throw a party in the restaurant outside the Museum’s opening hours. Call us for more information.
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The St George Shipwreck Museum consists of four interconnected galleries, each in its own way telling the story of the shipwrecks off the West Coast. There is also a fifth gallery for special exhibitions.
Children have free admission to the Museum, which also houses an outdoor maritime playground and our own café and restaurant.
The North Sea is the link between North and South, the Baltic Sea and the rest of the world. In the old days, sailing in this area often involved putting your life at stake. Lack of navigational instruments and countless storms led many people from the deep blue sea to the West Coast. But the great riches that maritime trade could bring were worth the risk.
Throughout time, tens of thousands of seafarers have lost their lives in shipwrecks off the West Coast of Jutland. The biggest and most disastrous shipwreck took place on the morning of Christmas Eve 1811 in the sea off Thorsminde, when two English ships of the line, the HMS St George and HMS Defence were wrecked, and almost 1,400 seamen lost their lives. In Gallery 2 you can follow the ships on their final voyage and explore the lower deck deck of the HMS St George with unique effects from the two ships, salvaged from the bottom of the sea.
As you leave Gallery 2 you will see the impressive helm of the HMS St George looming above you in the biggest exhibition display case in Denmark. There is a view of the helm from all four floors.
The North Sea has witnessed an infinite number of shipwrecks, which, while terrifying, also have an oddly enticing appeal. The people of the coast have always lived with a mixture of fear of what the sea takes away and gratitude for what it brings. Explore the cultural history of the coast.
From Gallery 3 the tour continues down below sea level.
The sea has swallowed up many ships into oblivion. Ships that sink to the bottom become wrecks. However, even though they rest on the seabed, they do not rest in peace. Sometimes amazing things appear. Go on your own voyage of discovery below sea level and find out for yourself about the hidden treasures at the bottom of the sea.
For some people the sea is a place of work. It is these people that the painter, Erik Styrbjørn Pedersen portrays in his art. He shows us fishermen, factories and filleting girls – a world a million miles away from the photos of holidays at the seaside in tourism brochures.
After visiting the exhibition, you can climb the Tower for a magnificent view of the sea, the fjord and the town. Here you will gain a real sense of the sea’s grandeur and the forces of nature along the coast. Like the rest of the Museum, the Tower is handicap accessible.
In front of the St George Shipwreck Museum there is an exciting activity area for children where they can play and use their bodies to learn about shipwrecks and rescues on the West Coast.
Everyone is welcome to play in the playground and parents can even sit in the café with a cup of coffee with an unobstructed view of the children.