Strandingsmuseum St. George
Strandingsmuseum St. George (The Shipwreck Museum)
The roaring North Sea is awash with fatal stories of shipwrecks. To cover some of these exciting stories, Strandingsmuseet St. George was constructed in the fishing village of Thorsminde. In 2017, it opened its doors to the public. The museum functions as an ultramodern information center whose architecture and interior design perfectly reflect the natural surroundings and the fascinating stories.
At the museum, you can attend several exhibitions on catastrophic strandings, shipwrecks and rescues. Especially compelling is the fate that the two English ships of the line, HMS St. George and HMS Defence, suffered on Christmas morning 1811. The two ships faced a tremendous storm off the coast of Thorsminde which caused both the ships to wreck, with the tragic result that more than 1,400 seamen lost their lives.
The museum features four adjoining exhibitions which tell the stories of the strandings of the West Coast in a vivid and captivating manner.
The exhibitions contain an impressive display of material remnants such as chandeliers, canons, china, constructions parts and personal artifacts. The exhibitions also involve interesting recreations of different rooms of the ships, where you can imagine yourself as part of the crew. As you pass through the museum, you can also stop by the various technological stations, which use advanced technology to help you explore the different stories and legends. In order to better captivate the atmosphere, the exhibitions use a variety of methods to activate all of your senses.
The key element that really binds the museum together is the giant rudder of St. George, which stands over 12 meters tall and weighs over 5 tons.
When you’re done touring the museum, you should the visit the tower where you’ll get an impressive view over the harbor and the tantalizing North Sea. The tower is the obvious place to go and let the many new impressions soak in, while you lose yourself in the great depths of the sea.
You can conclude your visit with a trip to the museum shop, where you can buy interesting souvenirs and other local products. Outside there’s a nice playground which features different activities that combines fun and learning. Also, if you’re feeling hungry, you should stop by our café that serves fresh fish and other delicious food. Moreover, it’s important to note that every floor of the museum is wheelchair accessible.
Lastly, it’s of course possible to get a guided tour of the museum.
We look forward to welcoming you.