The museum and prehistoric collections were founded by the merchant Jens Winther, born in Rudkøbing 1863. The collections contain objects from prehistory to the early 20th century. All objects exhibited are from Langeland, Strynø and Ærø, the working area of the museum. Our fine and comprehensive collection of antiquities occupies half of our exhibition area. This reflects that the area is unusuallly rich in finds from prehistoric times. From the later periods we are especially proud of the finds from the renaissance fishing hamlet Sandhagen. Our collections of silver, faience and glas as well as beautifully wood-inlayed 18th-century furniture are small but of high standard. The museum has published books about archaeology, shipping and gardens.