The South Georgia Museum
is situated in Grytviken
, the administrative centre of the UK overseas territory
of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
The museum occupies the renovated and converted Manager's Villa built in 1916, and used as a residence for the manager of the Grytviken whaling
base and his family, until the base closed in 1964. The South Georgia Museum was established in 1992 as a specialised whaling museum, subsequently expanding its expositions to include all aspects of the discovery of the island, sealing industry
, maritime and natural history, as well as the 1982 Falklands War
The museum has become a popular tourist venue, visited by cruise ship
tourists. For several years Tim and Pauline Carr served as museum curators
, living on board their yacht Curlew
moored in the Grytviken port.
The Museum displays include a bronze bust of Duncan Carse
by British sculptor Jon Edgar
. Carse was influential in the mapping of South Georgia and the island's Mount Carse
is named after him. The can be viewed online.
- Tim and Pauline Carr. Antarctic Oasis: Under the Spell of South Georgia. New York & London: W.W. Norton & Co., 1998.