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The Opera House in Sidney made in amber
The Opera House in Sidney made in amber

Gold of the West Coast

Visit Western Europe’s most stunning exhibition of amber – Nordic gold. In a marvellous world among the trees of the amber forest, you can go hunting for genuine treasures created by the gold of the sea and fascinating, 40-million-year-old insects trapped in the golden drops.

The Treasure Trove

A big chunk of amber conceals a trove of treasure from across the ages: from ancient Stone Age amulets to state-of-the-art amber masterpieces. Enjoy a close-up view of some of Denmark’s most stunning amber finds.

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The treasure trove is an aesthetic experience, featuring the most beautiful amber objects and jewellery in classic display cases.

Take in the Atmosphere of the Ancient Amber Forest

The amber forest is a world without people. 40 million years ago, the amber was simply resin that slid down tree trunks in the deserted forest. Insects and plants got trapped in the resin. It is fascinating to look into a piece of amber that conceals knowledge of an age that no human has ever experienced.

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The stylised trees of the amber forest conceal a wealth of information. Explore and be surprised and amazed by the magic of amber.

Caught in time

It is not that uncommon to find insects in amber, and it is in a way both a fascinating and sad story. The trapped insects provide a fantastic insight into the buzzing and buzzing life of the primeval forest, but it is also the story of tiny living creatures that met their demise and became preserved forever in amber.

In the microscope, you can study a large collection of trapped insects, but you may also find a piece of shed skin from a lizard or the hair of a long-extinct mammal. These razor-sharp images of situations from our distant past show us glimpses of life on our planet more than 40 million years ago.

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Fly trapped in resin more than 40 million years ago.

Meet the Amber Collectors in the Surf

Have you ever been lucky enough to find amber? Whether or not you have, you know that you have to be extraordinarily lucky to find a large chunk of amber. Or very good at reading the wind and the sea to know when it is amber weather.

In the exhibition Gold of the West Coast, you meet the amber collectors on the beach. They tell you how to find amber – and show you the most beautiful finds they have made themselves. Maybe you will get some tips and tricks that you can use. At least you can find out how to recognize amber and learn to tell the difference between amber and stone.

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Get up close and personal with the insects' final battle. Trapped in resin more than 40 million years ago.
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Explore the amber forest and learn how amber came to be.
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Listen and learn about the formation of amber and its long journey.
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The amber collector's moped ready for amber hunt after a storm.
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Visit Tirpitz

Tirpitz is an experience for the whole family. The Danish architectural firm BIG has created the spectacular setting for an attraction hidden under the sand in the protected dune landscape at Blåvand.