Emigration Museum BallinStadt

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    It is a place of emotions and powerful feelings – and the memory of over five million people who emigrated via Hamburg to seek their fortunes in the new world: the BallinStadt.

    Why should you not miss a visit to the Emigration Museum during your trip to Hamburg? Since it was opened in 2007, it has deservedly become one of the most popular museums in the city. The core of the exhibition consists of three replica emigration halls in the Ballinstadt, named after Albert Ballin. At the beginning of the 20th century, he was the general director of the HAPAG shipping company, and consequently he took a great interest in the millions of emigrants who departed from here for the new world in the hope of starting a better life. Since living conditions in the city had become intolerable, he had the Ballinstadt built in 1901 on the Elbe island Veddel, which became a true city within a city with a church, dining areas, dormitories and a hospital. For approximately 5 million European emigrants, Hamburg was the "Gateway to the World" between 1850 and 1939. The Emigration Museum BallinStadt is dedicated to these emigrants.

    In the historic location of the Emigration Halls which were opened in 1901 and extended up until 1907, the BallinStadt Hamburg comprises three faithfully reconstructed living and sleeping pavilions. Here visitors can relive all the phases of emigration: From picking up roots and travelling overseas to the arrival in New York and finally the emigrants finding a place to settle.

    The "edutainment" exhibition not only contains original documents and exhibits, it also has many interactive exhibits that enable visitors to immerse themselves in the world of that era and thus become emigrants themselves. Numerous modules have been developed especially with children in mind and integrated into the exhibition so that parents and children or school groups experience the exhibition together.

    The passenger lists from 1850 to 1934 are a particular highlight. It is the world's largest inventory of passenger lists from emigrant ships and consequently it is a unique source for family history research. A family history research area has been established in cooperation with the world's largest provider of genealogical data on the internet – ancestry. Trained staff make family history research possible here for everyone.

    • November - March: every day 10.00 a.m. - 04.30 p.m.
    • April - October: every day 10.00 a.m. - 06.00 p.m. (including sundays and holidays)

    Last admission 1h before closing

    Website: www.ballinstadt.de
    Hotline: 040-31 97 91 60


    Ticket prices: 12,50 €

    Hamburg CARD owners 10,50 €
    Children (5-12 years old) 7,00 €
    Families (2 adults + 2 children) 26,00 €

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    Address: Veddeler Bogen 2, 20539 Hamburg

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