Special exhibition 2018: »Clotsam- Seaborne Messages of Clotted Flotsam"
The ocean covers 70% of the globe. Water has brought people together since the dawn of mankind, and the ocean currents determine the weather and winds across the globe.
The ocean currents also carry messages from the sea to our shores; sometimes in the form of treasure, other times in the form of marine debris.
Marine debris on the west coast of Denmark. Foto: KIMO
Roughly a century ago, we invented plastic. It is an amazingly cheap, durable, strong, flexible and waterproof material. However, it also takes between 100 to 1,000 years for a plastic bottle to degrade in nature. That is why plastic must be collected and recycled; it is an unnatural product that nature is not equipped to cope with.
In 2018, the Strandingsmuseum St. George will be highlighting the issue with the special exhibition »Clotsam- Seaborne Messages of Clotted Flotsam".
Plastic pollution of the oceans is a huge problem
The plastic in the oceans is not disappearing. It just dissolves into smaller and smaller pieces. The animals living in the oceans can easily confuse the plastic for food – and that can be fatal.
Here we see “the Peanut Turtle” from Missouri, USA. As soon as this adult turtle was discovered, it had the plastic cut from around it’s body, but it’s shell will be forever shaped as a peanut. Foto: Missouri Department of Conservation.
One of many hundreds of hermit crabs that now make their homes out of plastic debris washed up on Henderson Island. This plastic container is an Avon cosmetics jar. Foto: Dr. Jennifer Lavers fra University of Tasmania.
These Gannets use the plastic debris for building nests. That is pretty clever! Foto: Marlisco
The sea is wast and beautiful
We live on the Blue Planet. The oceans are wast, beautiful and full of life. We have furnished a corner of the exhibition where you can enjoy beautiful pictures of life beneath the surface.
At Strandingsmuseum St. George we are responsible for all marine archaeology on our area. Here we see our marine archaeologist Tine Verner Karlsen during a dive at a shipwreck. Foto: Heike Müller.
Opening hours and admission
Opening hours 2019:
4th of February - 1st of December: Every day from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
Adults DKK 90
Pensioners, students and groups DKK 70
Children under 18 are free
Guided tours and groups
Groups can book a guided tour of the museum.
Guided tour weekdays DKK 1,000
Guided tour weekends DKK 1,500
Café and Restaurant St George is closed for the winter.
Contact the Strandingsmuseum St. George for further information and possibilities.
Things to see and do
An adventure for the whole family
Strandingsmuseum St. George 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 a café/ restaurant.
A sneak peek of the exhibition
The Dangers of Jutland’s West Coast
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.
The Final Journey
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 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 rudder of the HMS St George looming above you in the biggest exhibition display case in Denmark. There is a view of the rudder from all four floors in the tower.
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 Unknown Shipwrecks
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.
The special exhibition "Clotsam - Seaborne Messages of Clotted Flotsam"
The ocean currents carry messages from the sea to our shores; sometimes in the form of treasure, other times in the form of marine debris.
In 2018, the Strandingsmuseum St. George will be highlighting the global problem with plastic pollution of the oceans with the special exhibition »Clotsam- Seaborne Messages of Clotted Flotsam”.
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 Strandingsmuseum St. George 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.
While the children play in the playground, the parents can enjoy a cup of coffee with an unobstructed view of the playground, the North Sea and the harbour of Thorsminde.
Severe storms, mist and sea fog, unpredictable ocean currents, changeable depths and no islands to offer shelter have led to thousands of shipwrecks along the West Coast. Embark on a journey in a world full of dramas, tragedies, love and heroism.
Children have free admission to the Museum, which also houses an outdoor maritime playground and café-restaurant St. George.