The Valhalla Museum houses around 30 19th-century figureheads from ships that were wrecked on the rocky coasts of the Isles of Scilly.
A unique collection of ships’ figureheads
Set in the privately run Tresco Abbey Gardens on Tresco, Isles of Scilly, the Valhalla Museum houses a collection of around 30 figureheads, as well as name boards and other decorative ships’ carvings.
Most of the figureheads date from the middle and end of the 19th century and come from merchant sailing vessels and early steamships that were wrecked on the rocky coasts of the Scillies. The collection was started around 1840 by Augustus Smith, Lord Proprietor of the Islands.
The Valhalla collection represents the final century in a tradition dating back over 3000 years.
Getting to Tresco
You can reach Tresco by boat from the larger island of St Mary’s. St Mary’s is accessible from the mainland by sea or air.For further details see the Tresco website.