Hamburg is unthinkable without its harbour. A visit to the Hafenmuseum is an experience for the entire family. You are given an in-depth look into the history of seafaring and the harbour in Hamburg. Working in the harbour, the handling of cargo and the changes that have occurred there, living and working on the water are topics that are shown in the recently renovated open-air facility at the museum at the warehouses numbered 50s.

In the Hafenmuseum Hamburg, visitors can see a practical overview of harbour operations from bygone days. The museum is located in a large, historic warehouse that offers plenty of space for large exhibits. It is located directly in the free port on Australiastrasse near the suburban railway station Veddel (BallinStadt).

The collection is right at the heart of present-day harbour activity and is explained to you by experts. On display are the historical dockside shed 50A with the viewable storage area as well as large exhibits on land and sea, such as the dry cargo vessel "Bleichen", quayside cranes, van carriers, the floating steam crane "Saatsee" and the steam dredger "Sauger IV" .

In addition to wall charts and original exhibits, last but not least the exhibition also includes a large outdoor area with old vehicles from the beginnings of container operations. The show-pieces of the museum are the technical exhibits such as a ship's hydraulic press, a mooring car and a stack stopper. And floating exhibits certainly can't be left out: on the Bremer quay are the pontoon complex of the museum with floating cranes, a steam dredger and the historical cargo vessel MS Bleichen from 1958.

For those who want to get most out of their visit, it is best to take the guided tours through the exhibition. Former harbour workers and ship experts are available to visitors every weekend between 10am and 6pm, even without registration. They explain in detail which equipment is used in the harbour for what purpose, as well as how the ships are constructed in the shipyards.

A visit to the Hafenmuseum is best suited for an outing with the entire family. Both young and old are provided with an interesting and understandable presentation of harbour history. This is primarily illustrated by the machines and equipment which were in service up until the 1970s and are now already considered obsolete. In addition to artefacts from history, the present-day world of the harbour is presented in shed 50A and much valuable information is provided about the daily routine on the stages and docks. In addition, there are educational museum programmes and extra tours.

Opening Hours & Prices

Open from April 16th until late October:

  • Tue - Sun and on public holidays 10.00 a.m. - 06.00 p.m.

Tickets: 5,00 €
Reduced tickets: 3,00
Children up to the age of 18 get free permission.

For further information go to: www.hafenmuseum-hamburg.de

Hotline: 040 - 730 911 84

Guided Tours

Former harbour workers and experts in terms of seafaring offer guided tours every weekend between 10.00 a.m. and 06.00 p.m. - even without registration!

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Address: Australiastraße 50B, 20457 Hamburg

Do you need help or want to
book by phone?

+49 (0) 40 - 300 51 701

Mon-Sat: 09.00 h - 19.00 h

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