The main town of the West Coast and the 5th biggest town in Denmark
The museums are always worth a visit. Here you will find experiences for the whole family.
The Fiskeri- and Søfartsmuseet (the Fisheries and Maritime Museum) is on an international scale a first-class museum. You can hear the fishing- and maritime history and at the big open-air exhibition you can experience a real harbour atmosphere. Among other things you will also find a big saltwater aquarium, a sealarium (seals are fed at 11.00 a.m. and 02.30 p.m.) plus a ground with living minks.
In the Fishing Port you will find the old motor lightship “Horns Rev” which today is a floating museum.
At Esbjerg Museum you can learn the history of the city and the area. Besides you will find the finest amber museum in Denmark showing the history of the amber during 10,000 years.
Finally we must also mention Esbjerg Kunstmuseum (Art Museum) with one of the country’s finest collections of modern Danish art.
At Sædding Strandvej you see Svend Wiig Hansens 9 meter tall monumental sculpture „Mennesket ved Havet” (Man at the Sea) 1995 which tells about the man sitting in front of the magnificent nature – fascinated by the creative work - and a masterpiece himself.
In front of the Esbjerg Kunstmuseum (Art Museum) you see Robert Jacobsen’s sculpture “Esbjerg” 1963 – a principle work within the constructive art but with figurative elements as church spire and coins falling down. In the church in Hjerting you find an altar decoration from 1992 telling the Passion in a simple and easily understandable way. The architecture is also very interesting as it combines the medieval church tradition with the modern idea of rooms. Made by Alan Havsteen-Mikkelsen.
At the Vestkystvejen you see Eva Koch and Steen Høyer’s “Lyshøjen” (the light hill) 1997 – a big hill with small circular lights spread all over the hill. It is the biggest work of art in Denmark with a diameter of 180 m and a bank of earth of 320 m that is cut through by a road. When the “Light Hill” is covered with heather, the hill is finished – but it will take years. At night you see the lights flickering most clearly – the rhythm is decided by the traffic at the Vestkystvejen.