Museums, exhibitions & artistic highlights in Hamburg

Of course, a visit to one of Hamburg’s museums involves looking at the valuable and rare old pieces on display in our magnificent buildings, but there are more than just museums here! You’ll also find a number of smaller, owner-operated galleries, as well as contemporary art, pop up installations in the city centre’s most beautiful spots, street art that adds pizzazz and colour to the walls of buildings and collections aimed specifically at the littlest visitors.

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Showcase for artists Galleries

Art exhibitions and galleries can be found in many parts of Hamburg. There, visitors also get access to artists who have not yet made it to world fame, but who nevertheless show exciting formats.

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Culture in English Cultural highlights for our international guests

Our international guests can fully embrace Hamburg's cultural diversity. From theatre and classical music to museums and exhibitions, our cultural institutions offer a wide range of activities in English.

Cultural highlights for our international guests
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Important collections & great art Museums

Valuable art, maritime objects of daily use, archaeological finds and children's books - Hamburg's museum landscape has a place to go for almost every taste.

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Colorful, eye-catching and expressive Street Art

If you like street art and graffiti, Hamburg is the place to be. Every walk can become an art stroll thanks to colorfully painted facades and large murals.

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5 renowned art houses as a mile Art Mile (Kunstmeile) Hamburg

Along the 1.5 km of the Hamburg Art Mile between Ferdinandstor and Deichtorstraße are state museums, exhibition institutes and private galleries with over 30,000 m2 of exhibition space. Art and culture from antiquity to provocative contemporary art…

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Must see museums, galleries exhibitions in Hamburg

Over 100 renowned museums and exhibition houses

Hamburg is a city of museums, in which many impressive collections can be found that tell stories and recount our history vividly. The art museums, five of which have joined together to form the Kunstmeile Hamburg, can be considered the heart of the museum district. The Hamburger Kunsthalle, one of Germany’s most important art museums, has an extensive collection that ranges from the Middle Ages to the present day. It is also the ‘home’ of Caspar David Friedrich’s iconic painting Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog. In addition, the Deichtorhallen not only showcase contemporary art and photography, the buildings themselves are also impressive to look at thanks to their open steel and glass architecture.

One of the largest urban history museums in Europe

The Museum of Hamburg History is proud to be able to trace Hamburg’s journey from being a small and humble settlement to becoming the gateway to the world. Of course, there is a lot to tell, which has made the establishment one of Europe’s largest museums of urban history. The museum is currently being modernised and is closed; the special exhibition, library, gastronomy and museum shop continue to welcome visitors. The reopening is planned for 2027.

Modern art, street art and art festivals – colourful, social and versatile

While the collections in most Hamburg museums are very extensive, the Millerntor Gallery’s focus is the works’ ephemeral nature. Each year, artists paint new wall and ceiling murals on the main and south stands of the FC St. Pauli football stadium. A large part of the proceeds from the art festival, which lasts several days, goes to the Viva con Agua charitable project.

By the way, open-air art and the city of Hamburg go hand in hand – large graffiti artworks dominate the cityscape, and the open-air gallery in Harburg bears the apt name Walls Can Dance. In the summer, the MS Artville Festival in Wilhelmsburg not only displays sculptures, installations and paintings, it also provides the backdrop for concerts, readings and the Slamville programme, which attracts popular and well-known authors and poetry slammers alike every year.

OUR RECOMMENDATIONS Art & Exhibitions in Hamburg

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From antique to contemporary to modern. Hamburger Kunsthalle

The Hamburger Kunsthalle is one of the most important and largest art museums in Germany. Its first-class collection takes visitors through 8…

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3-Day Art Mile Pass

The Kunstmeile Hamburg are the five renowned art institutions in the center of Hamburg. The Bucerius Kunst Forum, the Deichtorhallen Hamburg, the…

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Everything but ordinary! Exceptional Museums


Unusual museum experiences that you can only make in Hamburg.

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One of the largest museums of urban history in Germany Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte

Why Hamburg is what it is. If you want to know how the mission fort Hammaburg became the proud Hanseatic city and the proverbial gateway to the world,…

Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte
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International Maritime Museum

Kaispeicher B in Hamburg's Speicherstadt is home to the world's largest private collection of maritime treasures from 3000 years of shipping and naval…

International Maritime Museum
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Walls can Dance Open air gallery for urban art in the south of Hamburg


Under the motto "Walls Can Dance", an impressive open-air gallery has been created in Harburg, where colourful murals provide a lot of movement in the…

Open air gallery for urban art in the south of Hamburg
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Art in new contexts Bucerius Kunst Forum

The Bucerius Kunst Forum, located on the street "Alter Wall", invites its guests to enjoy an exclusive encounter with the classics of art. Four…

Bucerius Kunst Forum
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Three of the most beautiful exhibition halls in Europe Deichtorhallen

The Deichtorhallen Hamburg is one of Europe's largest art exhibition halls. There art and photography enthusiasts will find a wide variety of…

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Composers Quarter

The Hamburg Composers' Quarter is an association of various museums that offer exciting and interactive insights into the biographies of world-famous…

Composers Quarter
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One of the most important museums of design in Europe Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe

Opened in 1877, the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg (MK&G) is one of Europe's leading museums of design.

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Admission to the International Maritime Museum

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Admission to the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe

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Reeperbahn Festival
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Great freedom for music Concerts & Live Music

From classical music to electro festivals, from music history to a thriving live music scene and vibrant nightlife… Hamburg’s got it all!

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Great productions Theater & Stage Arts

In addition to famous theaters, the stage landscape offers a state opera, raunchy cabaret, impressive dance performances, open-air shows and plays specifically designed for kids.

Theater & Stage Arts
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Speicherstadt & Kontorhausviertel UNESCO World Heritage

In 2015, the "Speicherstadt and Kontorhausviertel with Chilehaus" ensemble was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. This makes it one of the world's 1200 "masterpieces of human creativity of universal value".

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