THE MUSEUM AREA The museum covers an area of 15.000 m2, with seven adjoining pavilions and a boat hall, which house the museum's indoor collections. In another building you will find our library, a conference- and classroom, and the management office. To the south you will see the submarine SPRINGEREN, the gas turbine torpedo boat SØBJØRNEN and the sailing racer NORDEA. The remaining area is laid out as lawns where various larger items are exhibited.
The Lightship No. XVIII’s lantern mast stands in the center of the grounds, together with various examples of buoys and light buoys used in Danish waters. Together with the indoor collection and the lifeboat MRB 23, this exhibition illustrates the various tasks of the Farvandsvæsenet (The Navigation and Hydrography Authority).
In the grounds you will find a collection of launchers for throwing depth charges, and firing torpedoes as well as a collection of mine sweeping gear. There are also a number of guns from various Danish naval ships. Some of these can be trained, and guests are welcome to try.
On your way round you will see a sentry box from Holmen, the old naval base in Copenhagen, together with a large collection of ship anchors and propellers. The ship's bell at the flagpole comes from the USS PEGASUS (ex RITA MÆRSK), which after World War II was refitted at Aalborg Shipyard.
Here is also an old mine, which in 1920 was rebuilt and placed in the center of Aalborg, to serve as a collection-box for a maritime charity.
The vine climbing the trellis has a curious story. Returning from the Danish West Indies (now U.S. Virgin Islands), the Danish frigate JYLLAND called at the island of Madeira in the 1870`s. During the stay some of the naval officers were presented with cuttings of the famous vine. Back in Copenhagen, the vine was planted against south facing walls on Holmen, where it did well. In the early 1880´s, all the vines on Madeira were destroyed by vine pest. New imported vines did not result in wines with the characteristics of the old Madeira wine. Someone remembered the cuttings presented to the Danish officers and inquiries were made through the Danish consulate. When it was confirmed that the vines was doing well at Holmen, experts from Madeira were sent to Copenhagen, where they were allowed to take cuttings from the vine back to Madeira. The cuttings were grafted onto new vines, and the traditional Madeira-wine was saved. Our vines are also cuttings from the vines at Holmen.