What can you experience at the museum?

Below you can see an overview of what you can see at the museum – both indoors and outdoors.
Besides the many exhibits that are already on display at the museum, we offer a programme packed with events: everything from tours of the sand flats, theme weekends, pop-up exhibitions and much more. You can always check the event calendar on our web site to see what is coming up.
Near the information desk you will also see our large information display, showing the day’s programme of events and other useful information.

Sealarium

In our Wadden Sea-inspired sealarium you can study our two common seals, Pebbles and Arn, and two grey seals, Rasmine and Else.
Feeding times for the seals:
The seals are trained and fed daily at 11:00 and 14:30. Our educators have a host of great stories, facts and knowledge to share with you about the seals.

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Aquarium

Welcome to Denmark’s finest touch pool, where you can glide your hands over a ray or a lesser spotted dogfish.
Here in the aquarium you’ll find lesser spotted dogfish, thornback rays, halibut, cod, conger eels, bream, and sea trout.
Through the windows – which measure 3m x 8m – you will get a close-up view of the fishes’ underwater world.

Come beneath the surface

Playground

Ahoy – landlubbers in sight!
Children and the young at heart can explore in the harbour playground. You can board the ships, slide down, hop on the trampolines, balance on the fenders and take a rest at the tables and chairs under the shelter nearby.

Visit the playground

Offshore museum

The exhibition “Energy from the Sea – Danish offshore in the North Sea” takes you to the platforms out at sea, beneath the platforms on the sea bed, deep below ground level and up into the air, where the North Sea can be viewed from a helicopter.

Read more about the exhibition here

Denmark’s Incredible Fishing Venture

Our exhibition on Denmark’s Incredible Fishing Venture presents the fishing captains’ testimony of their extraordinary experiences as a tribute to their home town. The fishing industry that shaped the city.
Here you will get eye-witness accounts and an understanding of local destinies.

Read more about the exhibition here

Friland

In our spacious grounds next to the playground you will find the open air exhibition. Step into the world of the coastal fishing villages, the tiny harbours and the wooden shipbuilding yards at the time of the Second World War. Children and the young at heart can explore in the harbour playground, take a look at the craftsmen’s workshops and listen to the engine of an old fishing cutter starting up every Wednesday.

Experience the harbour

The Wadden Sea Pavilion

In the Wadden Sea Pavilion you can see living specimens of the sea birds of the Wadden Sea.

In the Wadden Sea Enclosure you can find out all about the unique natural environment of the Wadden Sea – not just a national park, but a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here you can learn about the complex ecosystem of the Wadden Sea and its largest and smallest creatures.

Read more here

Museum shop

Here you will find a fine selection of souvenirs, clothing, cuddly toys and foodstuffs.
The products in our museum shop reflect our focus on sustainability and are climate-friendly, so you will notice that many of the products we sell also support good causes, such as the fight against child labour and nature conservation.
You will also find a wide selection of books about cultural history and natural history.

Read more about our shop here

Cafe MS Smag

In our café, MS Smag, you can enjoy a fine meal with a splendid view of the beach, the sculpture “Man Meets the Sea” and the Wadden Sea.
In MS Smag we strive towards sustainability in the way we work and the food we serve.

Opening hours
Monday - Sunday 10:00 – 15:45

Read more about the café here

Besides the many things you can experience at the museum, we offer a wide range of activities and events – both indoors and out!

On safari in the Wadden Sea

Join us on safari in the Wadden Sea!
At the museum we arrange tours out on the sand flats right outside the museum walls. If you would like to go out with a guide in the Wadden Sea, go exploring with a fork and net and hear more about its incredible and unique ecological system, then join us for a safari trip in the Wadden Sea.

Read more about our trips here

The cutter E.1

Jump on board our cutter, E.1, and enjoy Esbjerg harbour from the deck of an old cutter while hearing about Esbjerg’s transformation from an export harbour to an energy metropolis. Or join us on a seal safari and get close to the nature of the Wadden Sea as we set off aboard a genuine Esbjerg cutter from 1931.

Read more about our trips here

Children’s birthdays

Why not hold your birthday at the Fisheries and Maritime Museum – and get a different experience?
The museum’s educators will invite you all behind the scenes to experience the “fishing quarantine”, the strange “bone store” and the technology behind the aquariums.
You also get the chance to feed sharks and turbots!

Read more here

Behind the scenes

Find out what is going on behind the locked doors and in the cellar of the Fisheries and Maritime Museum and learn about the work we do in research, education and technology.

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Guided tour of the exhibitions

Be shown around our exhibitions by one of our museum educators to get the most out of your visit.

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Sealarium

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Museum

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