MUSEUMS IN ELSINORE
Take a closer look at Elsinore’s history
HELSINGØR BYMUSEUM (CITY MUSEUM)
Sct. Anna Gade 36, 3000 Elsinore
Elsinore City Museum gives local residents and tourists a unique insight into the city’s rich, longstanding history..
Elsinore City Museum is located in the old town house, Karmeliterhuset, on 36 Sct. Anna Gade in Elsinore. The museum has presented exhibitions about Elsinore’s history since its opening in 1973. One is a model of the town as it appeared in the 19th century.
The museum also has exhibitions about the city’s Golden Age, displays portraits of well-known citizens of Elsinore and tells the story of Elsinore during the occupation of world war II. You will find the museum near the railway station.
Strandgade 91, 3000 Elsinore
Skibsklarerergaarden (the shipping agent’s house) is a museum depicting Elsinore’s first period of prosperity, the era when the town collected dues from vessels passing through the Sound. No. 91 Strandgade is Elsinore’s best-preserved merchant building from this period. The building, which handled the paperwork regarding the payment of dues by ships’ captains, dates from the 16th century. However, its present appearance dates from 1780 and has remained basically unchanged since this time.
In 1993, the National Museum of Denmark used private funds to extensively restore the ground floor, which houses a ship’s chandlery and captain’s room, and the first floor, which houses the shipping agent’s grand home. A visit to the building will whisk you back 150 years in time. The chandlery still stocks everything a seaman could wish for: general supplies, the famous Elsinore cap, sailcloth, ropes, nautical maps, spices, wine, beer, jenever and local aquavit.
The shipping agent’s private quarters have been recreated on the first floor and show how a well-to-do middle-class home in Elsinore might have looked between 1790 and 1850. The room on the top floor is from the time when this part of the building provided captain’s lodgings and seafarers could stay for a period for business reasons or while awaiting a weather change.
VÆRFTSMUSEET (THE SHIPYARD MUSEUM)
Kulturværftet, Allégade 2, 3000 Elsinore
The Shipyard Museum deals with the time when ships were built in Elsinore and the town’s working class expanded. The museum’s narrative revolves on the hard work, noise, dirt, pride and solidarity of a past era when the shipyard whistle dictated townspeople’s lives. As well as being a major employer, the shipyard was Elsinore’s natural financial, social, cultural and political hub.
The vast majority of those living in the municipality of Elsinore have relatives, close or more distant, who have worked at the shipyard, the town’s biggest workplace by far. The shipyard whistle that sounded at lunchtime and at the end of the work day was like the start signal for a big cycling race. Hundreds of cyclists pedalled fiercely to get home, but put in a more leisurely effort on the return journey.
The shipyard was the driving force behind the new Elsinore that emerged after the ‘Sound dues’ period, providing thousands of families with a living and the town with funds for the civic coffers. The Shipyard Museum chronicles the 100-year history of this workplace and the harbour town, preserving memories from the era when Elsinore was an industrial town and had enough work for all its citizens.
By agreement, groups can visit the museum after opening hours. A tour with a former shipyard worker costs DKK 600 for groups of up to 10 people and DKK 800 for larger groups. This price does not include entry tickets.
Agnetevej 9, 3060 Espergærde
At Flynderupgård Museum you can visit a northern Zealand farmhouse parlour. At Flynderupgård Museum, you can see a range of permanent exhibitions, including an old merchant's house and a northern Zealand farmer's home. The museum also has a lovely garden, which is well worth a visit. The museum is located on Agnetevej in Espergærde not far from Snekkersten Hallen.
THE DANISH MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Fabriksvej 25, 3000 Elsinore
The Danish Museum of Science & Technology – a century of technology. For 100 years, Denmark has had a museum whose purpose is to tell the story of technological advancement to its visitors. Today the museum is located in Elsinore.
Since 1911, when the organisation now known as the Confederation of Danish Industry together with the Crafts Association of Copenhagen established the Danish Museum of Science & Technology, inquisitive Danes have been able to follow the history of technological advances that people have invented and developed over hundreds of years. Previously located on Strandvejen, the museum is now housed in premises at 25 Fabriksvej in Elsinore, the former site of the Elsinore Shipyard Foundry.
Among other things, the museum exhibits old aeroplanes, veteran cars, bicycles, computers, telephones and all sorts of other technical wizardry in its 8,000 sq.m. facilities.
M/S MARITIME MUSEUM OF DENMARK
Ny Kronborgvej 1, 3000 Elsinore
Your life depends on shipping. The world depends on shipping. This has always been true. Shipping – and the trade and cultural impact it brings with it – has always connected Denmark with the rest of the world. The M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark unfolds the tale of this past and this present.
The museum’s architecture and exhibitions point to new horizons, seeking to make the visitor experience relevant, engaging and accessible for everyone. The iconic architecture enables visitors to explore the building through a series of spaces that interconnect across gently sloping floors at varying levels around and above the old dock.
This modern architecture and the dock’s deep, open outdoor space, which freely accessible to all, invite everyone to linger here, visit the café and take part in a range of cultural events jointly created with the museum’s neighbours under the ‘Kulturhavn Kronborg’ umbrella.
The museum’s knowledge centre houses archives, images and a large maritime library. You can visit the knowledge centre at the museum. The museum also has rooms for special exhibitions, conferences, a café, a shop and administrative functions.
KULTURVÆRFTET (THE CULTURE YARD)
Allégade 2, 3000 Elsinore
A centre for cultural experiences, the Culture Yard at Elsinore harbour is the town’s big, new cultural centre, uniting Elsinore’s present with its past.
It is located by the harbour in the centre of Elsinore, with a beautiful view of Sweden, and with Elsinore’s unmistakable icon, Kronborg Castle, as a majestic backdrop evoking the history in which the town is steeped. This historical aspect and its significance for Elsinore are precisely the elements that interact with the recently built cultural centre, the Culture Yard. Offering a wealth of possibilities from library and concert hall to exhibitions and social and creative experiences, Elsinore’s new cultural centre has been constructed right in the heart of the past – in the old buildings that housed Elsinore’s famous shipyard for about 100 years after 1882. In its day, the shipyard attracted lots of workplaces to the town, and the idea now is for the Culture Yard to build a bridge between the town’s commercial and business activities, educational institutions and cultural experiences. This is also a firmly embedded element of the Culture Yard’s vision.
The Culture Yard is intended to be a cultural centre for knowledge and creativity, artistic expression, experiences, education and identity that is packed with activity every day. It will be a place where people can meet – children, youth, adults, local residents and tourists. In other words, a meeting point for a local-global encounter, as set out in the Culture Yard’s vision.
Kronborg 2 C, 3000 Elsinore
The castle that became a World Heritage Site.
UNESCO added Elsinore’s crowning glory, Kronborg Castle, to its World Heritage Sites list at the turn of the millennium, thus ranking the castle alongside the pyramids and other world monuments.
In Egypt they have the pyramids. In Elsinore they have Kronborg. The town been able to declare this affinity since November 2000, when the castle joined company with the pyramids on UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites list. As a result, Elsinore now boasts a tourist attraction and historical monument indisputably in the world league.
First built in the 1420s by Erik of Pomerania and known as ‘Krogen’, Kronborg Castle was a stronghold built for the purpose of collecting dues from ships passing through the Sound. The fortress originally consisted of several houses behind a ring wall. The name ‘Kronborg’ arose at the end of the 1500s when Frederik II rebuilt Krogen and added four new wings. Kronborg is known particularly for its casemates where Holger Danske sleeps – waiting, as legend has it, to come to Denmark’s rescue if needed. Kronborg is also immortalised in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. To visit Kronborg, you simply travel to Elsinore Station, which is on the local Elsinore, Hornbæk and Gilleleje rail line. The rail station and can also be reached by most local buses. From the station, there is a signposted walking route to Kronborg which takes about 15 minutes.
THE ØRESUND AQUARIUM
Strandpromenaden 5, 3000 Elsinore
Discover the wildlife of the Sound
The Øresund Aquarium in Elsinore give guests the opportunity to experience for themselves the exciting – and for many unknown – wildlife that abounds in the Sound. Sea anemones, sea urchins, crabs, dogfish sharks and myriad species of fish. These are just a few of the creatures that you can see and learn about during a visit to the Øresund Aquarium on 5 Strandpromenaden in Elsinore. The aquarium’s knowledgeable custodians are more than ready to tell you all about the rich wildlife in the waters of the Sound, and you can watch and touch the animals in the many touch tanks. The Øresund Aquarium also has exhibitions about the seabed environment of the Sound, from its 15-centimetre shallows to 35-metre depths.
The aquarium has a long history. The Øresund Aquarium first opened its doors to the public in 1973. Since, then it has welcomed thousands of visitors, both locally and from further afield. In 2005 and 2006 the aquarium, which is part of the University of Copenhagen, was extensively renovated and expanded. Among other things, the aquarium acquired a whole new water filtration plant that produces the cleanest water in Denmark. Kronborg Cup warmly recommends a visit to the Øresund Aquarium, which is open daily from 10:00-17:00 (10:00am-5:00pm). A discount is available for groups of nine or more. Local trains on the Elsinore, Hornbæk and Gilleleje line depart from Elsinore station and stop at Grønnehave Station, which is a three-minute walk from the aquarium.