The Sea Captain’s House – an 18th century home

A whale skeleton in the barn

The Sea Captain’s House on the island of Rømø in south-western Jutland is a preserved whaler’s home and one of the island’s old houses once owned by wealthy families. It is free to visit. The name of the residence refers to the captains, who in the 17th and early 18th centuries commanded large whaling boats, which went on trading trips and long whaling expeditions in the North Atlantic.

The house has an outstanding view over the Wadden Sea and is fully furnished. It contains unusually good examples of 18th century detailed painting and joinery. Inside the home you can also see whole walls decorated with the Dutch tiles of the period. In the barn you can view the large sperm whale skeleton, which gives a good impression of the large creatures and forces of nature that the period’s sea captains had to contend with on their voyages to the Arctic Ocean.

A cosy cafe close to the house serves delicious lunches and homemade cakes, and outside there is ample space for children to play. You can also bring along a packed lunch and sit down in the area near the house, whilst enjoying the beautiful nature and pleasant sea views.

We look forward to welcoming you for an enjoyable and eventful day at the Sea Captain’s House.

In spring 2011 the Sea Captain’s House was extensively photographed by the well-known interior photographer Antony Crolla for one of the world’s most renowned and trendsetting interior homes magazines, the English publication "World of Interiors".

The photographs of the colourful, luxurious and unusually well-preserved interior decoration and furniture were published in World of Interiors in August 2011. They were accompanied by a fine article about the house’s history and Rømø’s cultural history.

You can look at the magazine using this link – and scroll forwards to page 76 to see the fine picture series from the Sea Captain’s House.

The Sea Captain’s House was thoroughly renovated in 1998. The work was made possible thanks to a donation from A.P. Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller's Foundation for General Purposes.

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