Commander Chr. Christensen's Whaling Museum was founded in 1917 by the whaling ship owner Lars Christensen. He named the museum after his father and gave the museum and its exhibits and exhibitions as a gift to Sandefjord Borough.
The Whaling Museum today consists of the museum building itself along with the exhibitions, the museum ship «Southern Actor» and the museum’s collections, which are preserved at shared storage facilities, as well as a collection of litterature. The Whaling Museum is part of the Vestfold Museums.
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A part of Vestfoldmuseene
The Whaling Museum is a part of the inter-municipal company (IMC) Vestfoldmuseene IKS.
Vestfoldmuseene manages nine different museums in Vestfold county, and will take you on a riveting journey through the Viking Age, the medieval period, the life of the artist Edvard Munch, whaling history and modern industry history. You will also find one of the greatest art museums in Norway.
Vestfoldmuseene is also in charge of running Vestfoldarkivet (archive) and Samlingsforvaltningen (collections management), with objects, photos and archives from all over Vestfold.