Since the thirteenth century, ships from Aabenraa have sailed the Seven Seas.
Especially during the nineteenth century, the town had close relations with China, Brazil, and the countries around the Mediterranean.
This story is told at the old maritime museum in Aabenraa.
The museum owns one of the world's most impressive collections of ship's portraits, which cover nearly the entire wall surface of the museum.
In addition, visitors will find a large collection of ethnographic objects, which sailors from Sønderjylland brought home from their long voyages to Africa, Japan, China and India among other places.
In the centre of the exhibition is Jørgen Bruhn, who was a sailor, a pirate captain, a shipowner, and a central figure in the early growth of shipping around Aabenraa at the beginning of the nineteenth century.
Also in the centre of the exhibition is Michael Jebsen, who founded the Jebsen-group, which is today a very large organization demonstrating that the town's maritime tradition lives on.