Sure, even in Hamburg a visit to a museum means looking at old, valuable and rare pieces, which are exhibited in magnificent buildings. But not only! Because there are also owner-managed small galleries, contemporary art, installations in great places in the middle of the city, street art that embellishes the walls of buildings and exhibitions that are aimed directly at the youngest visitors.
Hamburg is a museum city, where many impressive collections vividly tell stories and history. The art museums can be considered the heart of the museum landscape; five of them have joined together to form the Kunstmeile Hamburg. The Hamburger Kunsthalle is one of the most important art museums in Germany with an extensive collection ranging from the Middle Ages to the immediate present. It is also the "home" of the "Wanderer over the Sea of Fog," the iconic painting by Caspar David Friedrich. The Deichtorhallen not only showcases contemporary art and photography, but is itself impressive to behold, thanks to its open steel-and-glass architecture.
The Museum of Hamburg History is proud to trace the path Hamburg has taken from a small settlement to the gateway to the world. Because there is naturally a lot to tell in the process, the museum is one of the largest urban history museums in Europe. It is also worth climbing up to the top floor of the museum, where there is a 1:32 scale model railroad layout that is considered one of the most extensive in Europe.
While the collections of most Hamburg museums are extensive, at the Millerntor Gallery the ephemeral nature of the works is part of the concept. Every year, artists paint new wall and ceiling surfaces on the main and south stands of the FC St. Pauli soccer stadium. A large part of the proceeds from the art festival, which lasts several days, go to the charitable project Viva con Agua.
By the way, open-air art goes very well in Hamburg: Large graffiti artworks dominate the cityscape, and the open-air gallery in Harburg bears the resounding name Walls Can Dance. The MS Artville Festival in Wilhelmsburg not only shows sculptures, installations and paintings in the summer, it also forms the backdrop for concerts, readings and the Slamville program, which attracts popular and well-known poetry slammers and authors every year.
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