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Museum Kommandørgård: It originates from 1748 and demonstrates the wealth the commanders (1700-1800) brought to the island. The farm is fully restored with panels, ceilings and doors. The walls are covered by dutch tiles and the furniture is by contemporary standards very genteel. Commander is the dutch word for captain, and once there was 50 sailors from Roemoe sailing as captains on dutch and german ships, which went whaling off Greenland. The National Museum Kommandørgården is one of Roemoes old, rich ancestral farms. The farm is fully furnished in both living quarters and stables. The farms offers unusual good examples on magnificent painted panels from the 1700´s carpenter and cutting work and the wallcoverings of Dutch tiles.

The name Kommandørgården alludes to the commanders (captains), who in the 1700´s and the beginning of the 1800´s had command of the large whaling boats. The commanders was gone most of the year on whale expeditions in the North Atlantic or on long trading trips. 

Denmark´s oldest and smallest school: The little school in Toftum was estrablished by private initiative by a group of residents in Toftum and Juvre in 1784. It was 30 years before there in 1814 was introduced regular compulsory education in Denmark. The school in Toftum testify, that it was an awake population, who recognized the importance of education. It was in use until 1874, and sometimes contained up to 40 children. The teacher was always an old commander, and he was paid directly by the parents with both money and naturals. The girls should take turns in cleaning the classroom, and the boys should bring woods to the fire place and make sure, that there was fire to heat up the room. Besides this, the teacher should take turns eating with the parents. 

Roemoe Church: The church is originally built in late Gothic style, but has been greatly expanded in 16-1700 century. The church is dedicated to the saint of seafarers, Sct. Clemens, and it contains several beautiful church vessels and three large chandeliers, donated by the seafarers. Open: All year from 8-16 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

The Commander Stone: At the cemetery along the north wall is a unique collection of distinctive headstones over Greenland Commanders. They brought the stones themselves from the neighborhood around the Rhin estuary. Many of them has an entire biography of the captain and his family.

Roemoe Mini Museum, Lakolk: The exhibition is organized so that the panels will explain the landscape history of the island, from it was a sand bank in the sea, till it reached its present size, which not even is the final one. The tide, which gives the island a very special plant-, animal- and birdlife, are also described in the exhibition. Opening hours: When Lakolk campsite is open.

Tønnisgård: The Naturecenter Tønnisgård contains beautiful exhibitions about the Wadden Sea, whales, culture and nature. Every year there is arranged a lot of guided tours and other activities for children during school holidays. Visit the website www.tonnisgaard.dk