A sneak peek of the exhibition
Welcome to Strandingsmuseum St. George - an experience for all senses and for the whole family!
On the edge of the North Sea in award-winning architecture and with new, evocative exhibitions, the Strandingsmuseum St. George shares dramatic stories of the thousands of ships that stranded along the perilous west coast of Denmark, and of the local population’s encounters with sailors from all over the world.
Follow the last voyage of the two British ships of the line HMS St. George and HMS Defence until they wrecked off Thorsminde at Christmas 1811 and nearly 1400 sailors lost their lives. Get close to life on board through the many objects recovered from the wrecks and admire the impressive rudder from the HMS St George in the museum’s tower.
Explore, listen, see and play your way through the interactive exhibitions from the top of the tower down to the fascinating universe of the marine archaeologists where you can play on the ocean floor all without getting wet.
Also visit the museum shop and the Restaurant St. George overlooking the sea and the outdoor maritime playground.
A sneak peek
Strandingsmuseum St. George consists of four interconnected galleries, each in its own way telling the story of ships that stranded on the Danish West Coast. There is also a fifth gallery for special exhibitions.
The museum also houses an outdoor maritime playground, a museum shop and a restaurant.
Gallery 1: The Wild Sea and The Dangerous West Coast of Denmark - New Exhibition 2020!
In the new exhibition in Gallery 1, you will meet the unpredictable weather and the wild sea that led so many ships to wreck on the dangerous west coast.
The North Sea is the link between North and South, the Baltic Sea and the rest of the world. In the age of sail, sailing in this area often involved putting your life at risk. Lack of precise navigational instruments and countless storms forced manys ships from the deep sea to the West Coast where wreckage was almost inevitable. But the great riches that maritime trade could bring made it worth the risk.
Gallery 2: The Last Voyage
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 follow the ships on their last 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 of the Tower.
Gallery 3: Shipwrecks
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.
Gallery 4: 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.
Gallery 5: Due to the Corona situation, there is no special exhibition until 2021, where we show the special exhibition "Orginal & Model" about the building of the HMS St. George in full scale 1:1 and as a model in 1:48.
From the special exhibition, you can climb the Tower following the rudder all the way up. Both from the Tower room and from the upper outdoor viewing platform, you have a magnificent view of the sea, the fjord and Thorsminde. 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 room is handicap accessible. From here, there are stairs to the outdoor viewing platform.
Maritime Playground, Shop and Restaurant
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 or a lunch at the restaurant with an unobstructed view of the playground, the North Sea and the harbour of Thorsminde.