Local History Museum

Sylt Local History Museum© Marschmensch / Wikimedia Commons [CC BY-SA 3.0]

Sylt Local History Museum

The Sylt Local History Museum in Keitum is located in a former captain’s residence built in 1759. An impressive collection of items from Sylt’s history have been compiled here. The museum vividly exhibits innumerable testimonies to Frisian culture, from traditional dress to jewellery, furniture and tools.
Visitors enter the museum through an entrance made out of the lower jaw of a fin whale and dive straight in to the eventful history of this island.
Sylt’s turbulent evolutionary history fascinates visitors to the museum in the Geology Section. Visitors to the island discover how Sylt’s core arose during the second last Ice Age and how in the following centuries repeated changes in the sea level shaped the island – which, by the way, was not always an island – and repeatedly forced inhabitants to flee.
A multitude of megalithic tombs are testimony to the first Neolithic settlements in the region. Ornate burial objects from the Bronze Age show the prosperity of inhabitants from that time.
With model ships, pictures and instruments, visitors get to know more about the history of seafaring, voyages to Greenland and whaling.
The art section of the Sylt Local History Museum shows pieces by important Sylt artists such as Dierks, Feddersen and Weidemann. Weidemann knew how to catch Sylt’s character in colourful paintings.
A further section is dedicated to “Sylt Personalities”, like the constitutional revolutionary Uwe Jens Lornsen.

A visit to the Sylt Local History Museum is a must for those interested in history, but others also shouldn’t pass up an opportunity to see Sylt’s treasures.  

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