About the museum

Strandingsmuseum St. George (the St George Shipwreck Museum) first opened in 1992 and, after a total renovation and transformation into a brand new museum, reopened in 2017.

The nucleus of the Museum consists of finds salvaged from the bottom of the sea in the late 1980s from the two English ships of the line, the HMS St George and HMS Defence, which were wrecked on the morning of Christmas Eve 1811 in a hurricane off Thorsminde.

The first museum was in the same location as the present one.

The new building was designed by the architects, Frank Maali and Gemma Lalanda from Copenhagen. Here they describe the job of building the Museum:

»For us as architects, it has been a fascinating challenge and an unforgettable experience to become so closely acquainted with such a rugged and marvellous place – a humble little town that becomes a giant when the forces of nature take hold. It surely isn’t a coincidence that the place is called Thorsminde!

The architecture ended up as a balance between two forces. The low sheds with the adjoining roofed areas come across like a billowing dark sea surrounding a bright building with a tower rising out of it.

It is a contrast that seeks to convey two conditions: being lost and being rescued. You can’t get a much greater contrast than that!«

The exhibition was designed by Event Communications of London, who have designed several world-class museums, including the Titanic Museum in Belfast.

Strandingsmuseum St George is one of the Municipality of Holstebro’s Cultural and Historical Museums. The new Museum was built with the support of the following foundations and contributors:

Foundations and Contributors

  • Dronning Margrethes og Prins Henriks Fond
  • Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansens Fond
  • A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine McKinney Møllers Fond til almene Formaal
  • Holstebro Kommune
  • Færchfonden
  • D/S Norden
  • D/S Orient’s Fond
  • S.C. Van Fonden
  • Aarhus 2017



  • Philips Lighting Denmark
  • Læsø Saltsyderi
  • Carl J. Nielsen A/S
  • Holmris Designbrokers
  • Thyborøn Havns Fiskeriforening
  • Thorsminde-Fjand Fiskeriforening
  • Peoplez Reklame- og webbureau


Become a Sponsor of the Museum

Would you like to be an admiral, a captain or a sailor? If you have a company, you can become a sponsor of the Shipwreck Museum, supporting the Museum, while enjoying a range of benefits.