Torvegade 45

Phone: +45 76 16 39 39
Fax: +45 76 16 39 49

Esbjerg Museum

The Esbjerg museum is a museum of cultural history and features 3 permanent exhibitions:

- Antiquity , covering the iron age and Viking times, by means of finds and reconstructions from the Esbjerg area,

- an amber exhibition, telling the story of amber creation

- and a cultural history department, displaying past Esbjerg milieu, by reconstructing a shop, a place, a harbour and two apartments. The museum has also 2 exhibition halls with varying exhibitions.

Permanent Collection

Esbjerg Water Tower

The architect was C.H. Clausen (1866-1941), who let himself inspire by a German model: Hans Nassau in Nürnberg, who he knew from contemporary German architecture works.

The water tower was built 1896-1897 on a Bronze Age burial mound above the newly constructed harbour. Since the tower is built upon at the height of the city, facing the sea, it soon became the landmark of Esbjerg.

The about 9.000 inhabitants still had no waterworks in 1894-1895. The water supply was managed by wells and water posts spread across the town. It was immensely important to establish a public water supply, since the town kept growing. After several unsuccessful drillings water was found in the Vognsbøl Park.

The annual consumption in 1897 was for each inhabitant 31 litres per day. Already the year after the consumption had arisen to 51 litres per day. In order to compare the supply, the daily consumption in 1995 was 145 litres per day pro persona.

The water tower contained 131 cubic metres of water. The annual consumption in 1897 was more than 130,000 cubic metres, and the following seven years it rose by 400 %. In 1904 they built another water tower at Nygårdsvej. Later on the water was lead directly out to the consumers, and only the surplus water was contained by the two water towers.

The rise of population came as a surprise to the parish council, and in the five years between 1894 and 1899 they had to built a gasworks, a waterworks, three new schools, a mortuary, a cemetery, a fire station, sewers, and carry through paving and asphalting for more than 1 million kroner. Both the amount and the extent of the works show that the parish council found ...+ [ Read all ]


The Town

Esbjerg Museum is trying to present a picture of the urban environment from around 1900 to 1950.
During this period Esbjerg has developed into a major town, though it still has close links with the harbour.

Prehistoric Exhibition

In the prehistoric exhibition it is possible to see some of the many finds from the area around Esbjerg.

The people of the past were totally dependent on the conditions provided by nature. For many centuries Western Jutland was regarded as a dark and desolate moorland tract. Numerous finds from Iron Age and Viking Age settlements prove, however, that the land was densely populated.

At the exhibition you can see a map showing all the known finds from the Iron Age and Viking Age in the area between the rivers Varde Å and Sneum Å.

The oldest villages in the Esbjerg region are from the first century A.D. Before that time the farms were scattered around the landscape.

Amber Exhibition

Amber – The Danish Gold has always fascinated mankind; and the west coast of Jutland is famous for its large quantities of amber finds.

Several hundreds of unique amber objects from nearly 10.000 years of history are beautifully presented in this large amber exhibition.

What is amber? Where do you find it? How and when was it created? For which purposes has it been used since the oldest Stone Age?
Visit the exhibition and find the answers – and enjoy the many extraordinary amber artifacts!


Esbjerg Museum

Adults 30 DKK.
Children 0-18 years free.
Group discount (at least 10 persons).

Esbjerg Water Tower

Adults 15 DKK.
Children 0-18 years free.
Group discount (at least 10 persons).

Opening hours

Esbjerg Museum

1st June - 31st August:
Daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

1st September - 31st May:
Tuesday - Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
School holidays in autumn and winter:
Daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Esbjerg Water Tower

1/4 - 31/5:
Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

1/6 - 15/9:
Daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

16/9 - 31/10:
Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

1/11 - 31/3:
Only by appointment.

Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

School holidays
in autumn and winter:

Daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Getting there

Three cycle trips

Ride your bike through prehistoric Esbjerg

Please download the three cycle-trips here


Museums Boutique

Museum internal and external photos (3)

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News and events

Activities (in Danish)