Facts about the museum

and the work we do

Borrowing the museum’s books

To borrow the museum’s books and periodicals, please contact the main library in Esbjerg. The available titles are published in the online catalogue, where you can search for material and submit a request to borrow.

The relationship between mankind and the sea.

As Denmark’s museum of the sea, we are concerned with the marine ecology, man’s relationship with the sea, and the businesses that are dependent on the sea.

We want to be the museum where all Danes go to learn more about the sea as having a value in its own right, as an ecological system, as a vital resource to us as humans, and as an important part of the planet’s climate system. We want to look at the sea in the context of past, present and future, where significant social developments are necessary to achieve key sustainability targets for generations to come.

We couple natural history and cultural history together in relevant research projects, enthralling narratives, fascinating exhibitions and education courses, and we contribute to discussions on all relevant platforms and, via activist media, generate increased recognition from visitors and the general community. Always based on a scientific approach.

Our mission

We want to democratise knowledge about the relationship between mankind and the sea.

Our vision:
As Denmark’s museum of the sea, we want to play an active part in our common responsibility to create a more sustainable world.

What do you know about

the museum’s history?

The original design for the museum buildings was done by the architects Halldor Gunnløgsson and Jørn Nielsen. With its monolithic red tiled cubes, it stood out as a worthy and natural addition to the dramatic, rugged west coast. When the museum was finished in 1968, it was the town’s gift to itself in celebration of the harbour’s and the town’s centenary.

We are a self-governing institution, founded in 1962. The Fisheries and Maritime Museum/Salt water aquarium were opened to the public in April 1968. The museum was officially designated a cultural history and natural history museum in 1972.

From the beginning, the museum has included an exhibition of the history of fishing, plus a salt water aquarium and various supporting facilities. In 1976 the museum was expanded with the addition of a sealarium (since renovated in 2013), and in 1989 the first steps were taken to establish the open air harbour milieu.

In 1994 the museum established a research department, which, since 2000, has been operated in collaboration with the University of Southern Denmark, since 2016 under the name of the Centre for Maritime and Business History (CME).

Read more about the museum’s history here

The Fisheries and Maritime Museum is a cultural history and natural history museum for:

  • Danish fisheries
  • Danish offshore
  • Danish marine environment
  • Danish marine mammals
  • Shipping in West Jutland
  • The cultural history and natural history of the Wadden Sea

Collaborating partners

As a museum, a research institution and a visitor destination, the Fisheries and Maritime Museum has a wide network of collaborative partnerships within Denmark and abroad. The Fisheries and Maritime Museum also belongs to a number of regional, national and international cooperative organisations.

We value our network relationships highly. Interaction between our employees and our network improves our scientific work.

Good results are easier to achieve together.


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