West Coast Stories

14 surprising, dramatic, interesting, gripping and chilling stories of the history of the West Coast over 20,000 years. The old lifeboat is waiting to take you on a voyage – but beware! Are you sure you will return home safely from this mind-blowing time trip?

Sail Away on a Time Trip…

Do you dare jump into the lifeboat? Beware. You are in for a staggering 20,000-year trip through time. What if the boat capsizes during the rescue operation? Do you think you will cope with the reefs? The moment the mood of the exhibition changes and dogay slowly turns to ‘night’, you know it is time to be on guard…

The lifeboat looks totally harmless in daylight…


… but when darkness falls, you’re in for an amazing time trip.

From Mammoth Plains to Ridge Tent

The exhibition presents the best West Coast Stories from more than 20,000 years in an easily accessible and fun way. Explore the dunes and find the hidden stories that lie buried beneath the sand. The countless stories feature real objects to prove that they are actually true! Come and hear about mammoths in the North Sea, about unfortunate skippers, about the smuggling town of Sønderside, about shipping disasters and about the sand that was about to swallow up the whole of Jutland. You can also meet the first holidaymakers or listen to goodnight songs to the accompaniment of a guitar in the orange ridge tent.

Are you ready for the time trip?

Dioramas and Total Show

We have selected the best, most dramatic and surprising West Coast stories for the exhibition. The stories are told on small dioramas, each of which has its own special charm. The exhibition also features children’s activities for any child brave enough to poke his or her hand into the unknown. The exhibition changes twice an hour (on the hour and half past the hour), when ‘night’ falls… Please note that the last night show starts half an hour before the museum closes.

Bird’s-eye View

The map table provides you with a quick, bird’s-eye view of the development of the West Coast landscape from the Ice Age onwards. People adapted to the forces and changes of nature, but certainly made an impact on their surroundings too. All stories in West Coast Stories can be experienced 1:1 in the dunes, heaths and plantations of the West Coast. Maybe you will find a dead man’s mountain next to the camp site or a great bunker story near the holiday home?

Go hunting for more stories with the ‘Stories of Naturpark Vesterhavet’ app, which you can download on your phone or tablet. The first route starts right outside Tirpitz…

Remember Your Digital Companion

Visitors themselves control their personal experience of all the exhibitions in Tirpitz with the assistance of a digital storyteller – an audio-based guide, in which the stories were recorded by professional actors. You cannot experience the exhibitions without this guide. It is included in the price of admission and children from about two years of age can use it. It may be a good idea to bring your own headphones if you get easily disturbed or if your arm tends to ache. If you are hearing impaired or just prefer text, please inform the host when you buy your ticket.

The exhibition was created with support from Nordea Fonden.