Maritime Museum and Occupation Tapestry Gallery
“The island’s largest ever community project brings a story to life” - VisitEngland Assessor
St Helier, Jersey
Jersey’s fascinating maritime past is brought to life in an interactive museum for all ages. Set in the historic harbour of St Helier, the Maritime Museum is filled with absorbing exhibits about seafaring, navigation and the elements. You can immerse yourself in the hands-on displays and investigate the Island's myths and legends. A separate gallery contains the award-winning Occupation Tapestry, which tells the story of Jersey under German occupation during World War II.
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About the area
Jersey is the largest of the Channels Islands, but at 45.5 square miles (118 sq km) it’s still only about a third of the size of the Isle of Wight. Its human history goes back to the Neolithic period, as many megalithic tombs (knowm as dolmens) demonstrate. However, the most important history discovery of recent years was the unearthing of tens of thousands of Roman and Celtic coins in 2012. Two men with metal detectors uncovered this amazing find, and the coins are now on display at La Hougue Bie Museum. This location itself is quite a historical wonder; well-preserved Neolithic passage graves that were used for religious ceremonies around 3500 BC.
Other historic attractions on Jersey include the War Tunnels and other remnants of the German occupation, which lasted from 1940 to 1945. Liberation Day is celebrated on May 9th as Jersey’s National Day, and is an important part of the island’s calendar. Apart from its history, Jersey is well known for its potatoes and rich, creamy milk. Holiday visitors will also find plenty of opportunities for seaside pleasures, as the island has many bays and beaches.
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