Hamburg Museum

The city’s development and rich cultural, shipping and trading history are brought to life through a collection of objects, images and models.

The Hamburg Museum is home to a vast collection of objects, from scale models of the city and railway to household objects and clothing. Gain a comprehensive insight into Hamburg’s history. Exhibits cover various aspects of life in the city and show its development from a ninth-century port town to a modern city.

The ground floor covers Hamburg’s artistic and cultural past, with displays on music and theater, as well as various musical instruments. Upstairs, learn about Hamburg’s industrial development, its transformation into an urban center and the building of the railway, including a scale model of the city’s current rail network.

Browse the vast exhibition dedicated to the city’s port and shipping history. See photographs and more than 100 models of boats that sailed to and from Hamburg’s port between the 17th and 20th centuries.

Major historical events that shaped the city are well documented. The Great Fire of 1842 is shown in an informative display, featuring rare photographs that show the devastation following the fire. Watch the virtual depiction of the ruins of the city following the Second World War. 

Don’t miss the displays of household items, furniture and clothing that show how the people of Hamburg lived at various points in history. See a collection of around 1,500 oil paintings from Hamburg and other areas of Germany, featuring portraits of eminent local personalities from the 17th to early 20th centuries. 

The display of historic artifacts continues around the outside of the museum building. See architectural elements and decorations pulled from the rubble of buildings after the Great Fire and World War II. Look for remnants of the original structures of the city’s medieval churches and elements from timbered houses dating to the 16th century.

The museum is located on the grounds of the Planten un Blumen park in St. Pauli. It is easy to access from the St. Pauli U-Bahn station. The museum is open every day except Monday. There’s a fee to enter.

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