You will find Musikhuset and Tobakken in the heart of Esbjerg. The two major music and theatre locations are the places, where artists often come to play. Furthermore, there are a lot of small venues, which provide opportunities to the upcoming bands to spread their music.
The local museums and attractions offer exciting experiences all year round. Discover, learn, try and be challenged. The museums have a strong focus on communicating diverse issues in an exciting way for both adults and children.
Whatever type of museum or attraction you prefer, you can look forward to spending a few hours or maybe an entire day there.
In Denmark’s oldest town, you will also find Denmark’s oldest cathedral. Ribe Domkirke is Ribe’s landmark, and it is a world-class Danish cultural heritage that allows you to experience history. Visit it and experience Carl-Henning Pedersen’s modern decorations, and enjoy the view from Borgertårnet (The Commoners’ Tower).
At Fiskeri- og Søfartsmuseet, it is possible to experience all types of fishes that live in Danish waters. When the newly renovated sealarium gets into use, you will have the opportunity to get closer to the seals during the daily feeding. During your visit to the museum, you should also explore the exhibitions, which include exciting stories about Esbjerg’s development from a fishing port to EnergyMetropolis.
In both places, you can get an insight into what was like to live in the Viking Age. Museet Ribes Vikinger describes the development of Scandinavia’s oldest town from Viking and Middle Ages up to 1700. You can experience live history while walking in Ribe.
Why not visit the Vikings, after having learned all about them? A few kilometres outside Ribe you will find Ribe Vikingecenter. Here you can experience how the Vikings used to live in the marketplace, in the city and the countryside. You can likewise try to grind your own flour and bake your own flatbread in a true Viking style.
The Wadden Sea is Denmark’s largest national park, and it has its own showcase in Vadehavscentret. Here you can experience everything that is marvellous about the Wadden Sea – from marshes, tides and wildlife to nature’s fury during a storm surge. Keep an eye on the centre’s annual program, which advertises exciting trips such as seal safaris, oyster tours, and walks to Mandø.
Do you prefer Romeo and Juliet or Ronia – the Robber’s Daughter? Esbjerg Municipality offers a wide range of options, whether you are interested in theatre, ballet, opera, musicals or stand-up scenes. Esbjerg Municipality’s biggest stage is located at Musikhuset Esbjerg.
You can experience art everywhere in Esbjerg.
In fact, Esbjerg’s most famous landmark is a piece of art. The colossal sculpture “Man meets the Sea” is composed of four impressive white figures, which are looking out over the sea. The inspiration is partly from the enigmatic stone statues of Easter Island. Esbjerg’s version can be seen from 10 kilometres away.
Art and work of art are everywhere. You will find them when you visit parks and green areas. A good example is Hjerting Beach Park, where a striking sculpture made by the internationally renowned artist Rui Chafes, adds an extra dimension to the walk in the green.
You will likewise find more traditional sculptures. A good example is, of course, the statue of Christian IX, which was erected in the Market Square by Esbjerg’s citizens to honour the founders of the city.
If you take a tour from the Market Square to Musikhuset on Torvegade, you will literally walk on 288 stars. The light sculpture Stardust depicts the starry sky, where it is also possible to spot the Milky Way, which is marked with a bluish light.
Esbjerg Kunstmuseum exhibits contemporary art, showing the latest trends in Danish and international art. Do not miss the aesthetic laboratory! If you prefer a more traditional art, you should visit Ribe Kunstmuseum, which has the best from many periods in the Danish art history.
Many local artists welcome visitors into their studios, and here you can clearly see that the countryside inspires people. There are also several events throughout the year, where the artists open their doors. Check out the different possibilities:
One of the most famous art events occurs in connection with Esbjerg Festival. We call it, with all modesty, Europe’s largest art exhibition. 60 containers provide a framework for a true art exhibition experience, where there is something for everyone. Read more on Esbjergfestuge.dk
Esbjerg Ensemble is the region’s cultural beacon regarding classical chamber music. The ensemble is known for its innovative and versatile programming as well as its strong sense of quality. The ensemble consists of 10 skilled musicians from all around the world divided into wind quintet, string quartet and percussion.
Esbjerg Ensemble was founded in 1967, as the first professional chamber ensemble in Denmark. The foundation was the result of initiatives from local forces together with the Ministry of Culture. It was a visionary idea, which has since inspired many other cities in the world.
You will find a creative environment at Kulturskolen in Esbjerg. Here you find, among other offers, Denmark’s biggest talent department for The Royal Danish Ballet School (Den Kongelige Balletskole).
At Kulturskolen everything melts into one big and creative powerhouse, where different art styles can inspire each other.
Kulturskolen also offers music, visual arts, theatre and ballet.