the living, the dead and mariners. “
Lucky me – Í’m two of them. *smile!!!!
Yesterday my friend, Iris and I made it over to Helsingør and the “M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark“. It was a blustery day and the wind was ice cold as we walk along the harbour, even if the sun arrived around lunchtime.
The museum in itself is just amazing. Built inside the old Dock 1 (drydock) at once the very busy Helsingør Skibsværft. That closed down in 1983. One one most interesting and amazing buildings I ever been into, totally underground. It has won many international awards;
2015 Luigi Michelleti Award – Special Commendation Award
RUM: Building of the Year Award 2015
RIBA Award 2014
ArchDaily: Building of the Year 2014
DETAIL Prize 2014’A cutting-edge cultural venue’World Architecture Festival: Culture Award 2014
Architizer A+ Award 2014: Museums
AIANY Design Award 2014
Silver in International Design and Communication Awards 2014: Best scenography for a permanent collection
Silver in International Design Awards 2013: Interior Design
New York Times calls it ‘A cutting-edge cultural venue’.
Had a brilliant visit and the museum was busy – there are interactive screens by every display for adults and kids to play around with. Something for all ages to enjoy.
M/S MARITIME MUSEUM OF DENMARK
Ny Kronborgvej 1
DK-3000 Elsinore (Helsingør)
Phone; + 45 49 21 06 85
The museum isn’t very big, but the layout of the building made it feel massive and all the natural light coming through the glass ceilings and massive glass windows. Danish architecture at it is best.
Of course there was some food involved too. The cafe was very busy and not a very big plus that the staff was a bit undermanned, so there were a constant cue and guests constant looking for seating.
I spend my lunch money of some delicious Fish Cakes with rye bread served with homemade Danish sauce tartar and seaweed salad. As the finale, I had a lovely Apple cake together with a nice cappuccino.
They show the history of shipping – 25.000 books, 34.000 photos, thousands of artifacts and lots of digital exhibitions.
‘Ships of all times’ is a treasure trove of model ships and ship portraits. Traversing centuries and vessels, visitors encounter the ships and their cargoes.
One of the a models is the second largest ship in the world, built and owned by the Danish shipping company Maersk. “Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller” is 400 meters long and put in traffic 2013. It can take 18.000 containers.
“Aboard” – The ship is a society with its own rules. You are together 24 hours per day in a rigid hierarchy with the captain at its top.
Navigation and World Views – Where am I? Where do I have to go? Two questions sailors through the times have attempted to answer during their journeys through the elements, through science, through faith.
“Our Sailors” – Why is there a perfume by Jean Paul Gaultier, fashion, old film posters, cigarette packs, toys, books and a Donald Duck comic at M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark?
What they all have in common is that they draw on the many myths that have surrounded sailors since antiquity.
Because we sailors are fascinating.
To be a sailor isn’t just a job, it’s a lifestyle and this museum really show it’s visitors that.
I have sailed 5 out of the 7 seas. I have sailed under both the Southern Cross and the Polar Star. I have passed the “dateline” twice … and I really enjoyed my hours and the”M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark”.
On our way back to the ferry …. we meet the most colorful fish – standing on the quayside (on it’s tour around Denmark). The artwork, “The seje skraldefisk” (“The tough trash fish”) is made of plastic scrap collected along beaches around Elsinore and is designed by some Japanese artists in collaboration with ten art lovers from Elsinore.
And of course I needed to put Oscar against the beautiful “silver” sculpture “Han” (He) – the male version of the Little Mermaid and the fantastic 4 piece sculpture “Værftsarbejderne” (Shipyard workers). The sculpture should be seen as a monument to the thousands of workers who have been associated Elsinore Shipyard, which from 1882-1983 was the city’s largest employer.