South Georgia Museum

South Georgia Museum, Grytviken: Address, South Georgia Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

South Georgia Museum
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Aldous D
Whenuapai, New Zealand184 contributions
well presented little museum
Mar 2020
This museum is excellent, with well-presented displays and run by a small but very enthusiastic team. Having been a long-time fan of Shackleton it was great seeing the James Caird replica and the displays about the whaling history were extremely interesting. The place was much better than some of the big fancy museums I've been to around the world. Definitely worth a visit when you're in Grytviken!
Written 6 May 2020
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martinmolloy72
Manchester, UK715 contributions
South Georgia in one neat bundle
Jan 2020
One of the highlights and a one stop information shop of South Georgia is the South Georgia Museum in Grytviken.

Its a small museum but it is packed with the geological and geographical history of the island, the fauna and flora, the birds and wild life and the ages of discovery.

It contains exhibits on the likes of Cook, Shackleton, Larsen with history of whaling in the island, modern history and life in Grytviken and South Georgia today.

There is a gift shop in which you can buy numerous souvenirs, items of clothing and even "Shackleton" whisky. Step outside the museum and you are afforded charming views of the harbour with Antarctic terns diving for food and the odd ship wreck scattered about.

Next to the museum is a small gallery called "The Carr Maritime Gallery". Inside you can find a life size replica of the James Caird, the small boat that Shackleton, Wild and crew sailed from Elephant Island to South Georgia during his doomed Antarctic expedition.
Written 9 February 2020
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scrumpylondon2018
London, UK40 contributions
Superb museum
Nov 2019
This small museum has a huge range of interesting items, broadly classified in separate rooms. The shop sells good quality items, and a range of books pertinent to the history of area.
Shore time is limited on most cruise ship visits, but a visit here is a must amongst the array of sights to take in at the small settlement of Grytviken
Written 13 December 2019
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paul_doubler
Cardiff, UK206 contributions
Wonderful Place - Lifes Ambition Realised!
Mar 2019 • Solo
Since a small child reading about the exploits of the 19th & early 20c explorers, Shackleton being buried here, also knowing about the whaling station being so well preserved and its amazing "strange" beauty I have wanted to visit.
Well this year achieved "Top Of Bucket List" item and during cruise of Falklands Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica arrived on the splendid small cruise ship MV Island Sky. We sailed in on a wonderfully warm and sunny day and had about six hours ashore. We (all 90 passengers) did the time honoured custom of Toasting the Boss at his graveside with a tot of whisky. Then it was a fabulous afternoon on my own looking at and into everything. The wildlife is of course amazing and to think that the very buildings and station I was in was designed to slaughter on such a huge scale. But now nature and wildlife have come back and it is a place of strange but wonderful beauty. The whalers church is so atmospheric, especially when the bell rings.
The excellent museum is splendid and covers so much in great detail, sadly there is so much to see and yet so little time. Then the Post Office which I send back a postcard home to my Grandson, the lady said abut six weeks to get back to Cardiff and so it was almost six weeks to the day.
This is a very special atmospheric wonderful place that is managed well for conservation of the islands and its wildlife. While I wonder what the ever growing numbers of tourists / Visitors will do to the whole area - which I was of course part of. I am none the less very grateful and proud that I did get to visit and all my expectations were surpassed.
I even went back to the small cemetery and all on my own had a quiet word with Sir Ernest. Bought for my Grandson One Hector of South Georgia for £90 in the hope that it will inspire his future interest (he's only three) in this area. Its good to know that all proceeds from this and all the tourist purchases etc will go to the continual upkeep and protection of this very wonderful very special place.
Written 3 April 2019
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Alaska23_Family
Eagle River, AK393 contributions
Great Museum
Mar 2019 • Couples
My wife and I recently this wonderful museum in South Georgia while on a cruise from Ushuaia to Cape Town. This remarkable museum had numerous whaling and Shackleton artifacts beautifully displayed in English. Well worth a visit when in the area.
Written 28 March 2019
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Debra G
Coos Bay, OR313 contributions
Shackleton and Sea Adventuring Fans will LOVE it
Feb 2019 • Friends
I was on an Antarctica and South Georgia cruise. We were fortunate to come to Grytviken on a sunny day. The museum is loaded with historic relics of the old whaling days and the explorers of that time, including the Shackleton expedition. Very nice shop for such an isolated place. You can even get a postcard and mail it at the postal office out back of the museum.
Written 1 March 2019
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MalcolmM1947
Richmond, UK391 contributions
Well curated Museum
Jan 2019 • Couples
This is a very well curated museum with many original artefacts from the years of whaling in South Georgia. There is also material from Shackleton's epic crossing of South Georgia and some accounts of the beginning off the Falklands war which started off in South Georgia. Next door to museum is a replica of the very small boat which Shackleton and 5 others sailed from Elephant Island to South Georgia. The museum shop is with a visit for souvenirs, T shirts and books.
Written 16 February 2019
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pilot1953
Basel193 contributions
Well prepared
Feb 2019 • Couples
Nicely set up small museum giving a good insight into the past. Attached is a small shop selling souvenirs and acting as a post office. Whilst in Grytviken, a must
Written 5 February 2019
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YTCHENG
Hong Kong, China15,492 contributions
Small but informative Museum
Jan 2019 • Couples
Our Expedition Cruise ship chose Grytviken as one of the landing sites and thus we were able to visit the place and the South Georgia Museum on 7 Jan. Apart from the many artifacts displayed inside and outside the museum proper, a small gift shop was also available for the purchase of souvenirs by visitors. The staff there were very helpful and informative on background history of the place. Highly recommended.
Written 1 February 2019
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roaming_kiwi58
Christchurch, New Zealand2,650 contributions
A great little museum at the edge of the earth!
Jan 2019 • Couples
We visited Grytviken from an expedition cruise with Hurtigruten. The museum is very interesting and we did not have enough time to do it justice. There is a good gift shop there too. Nearby is the abandoned whaling station, the post office and the church. We really enjoyed our stop in Grytviken.
Written 29 January 2019
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