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Art & Exhibitions

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.

Galleries
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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.

Museums
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The right frame for any exhibition Exhibition Houses

Not everything that can be seen in Hamburg comes from museums: the exhibition houses make sure that every exhibition gets the right setting.

Exhibition Houses
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Culture to start the week Museums open on Mondays

Mondays are still a special day for museums, not all of them are open on this day. Here is a selection of the houses where you can start the new week.

Museums open on Mondays
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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.

Street Art

DISCOVER NOW Dates of current exhibitions

20211028-ff_lichtinstallation
© Eva Blomeyer

200 Jahre grüner Wallring - "Auf der Lauer auf der Mauer" - Hörspaziergang
  • Exhibition

  • 28.10.2021
  • 18:00
  • Planten un Blomen (Schaugewächshäuser)
20211028-ff_lichtinstallation
© Eva Blomeyer

200 Jahre grüner Wallring - "Auf der Lauer auf der Mauer" - Hörspaziergang
  • Exhibition

  • 28.10.2021
  • 18:00
  • Planten un Blomen (Japanischer Garten)
50er Schuppen
© Stiftung Historische Museen Hamburg

50er Schuppen
  • Permanent Exhibition

  • 22.10.2021
  • 10:00
  • Hafenmuseum
ABC der Arbeit - Vielfalt, Leben, Innovation
© Stiftung Historische Museen Hamburg

ABC der Arbeit - Vielfalt, Leben, Innovation
  • Permanent Exhibition

  • 22.10.2021
  • 10:00
  • Museum der Arbeit
Arbeit im Kontor – Handel mit Übersee
© Stiftung Historische Museen Hamburg

Arbeit im Kontor – Handel mit Übersee
  • Permanent Exhibition

  • 22.10.2021
  • 10:00
  • Museum der Arbeit
The invisible becomes visible ...
© Heike Baltruweit

Art exhibition in the Karoviertel: "The invisible becomes visible ..."
  • Exhibition

  • 27.10.2021
  • 13:00
  • Pure Photography & Galerie für Kunst, Medien und Design
The invisible becomes visible ...
© Heike Baltruweit

Autumn festival in the Karoviertel with vernissage: "The invisible becomes visible ..."
  • Vernissage

  • 23.10.2021
  • 11:00
  • Pure Photography & Galerie für Kunst, Medien und Design
Bauernstuben
© Stiftung Historische Museen Hamburg

Bauernstuben
  • Permanent Exhibition

  • 22.10.2021
  • 10:00
  • Altonaer Museum
Bremer Kai
© Stiftung Historische Museen Hamburg

Bremer Kai
  • Permanent Exhibition

  • 22.10.2021
  • 10:00
  • Hafenmuseum
Der Dufke-laden
© Stiftung Historische Museen Hamburg

Der Dufke-Laden
  • Permanent Exhibition

  • 22.10.2021
  • 10:00
  • Altonaer Museum
Die Flotte
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Die Flotte
  • Permanent Exhibition

  • 22.10.2021
  • 10:00
  • Hafenmuseum
Dinge und Dokumente-Alltag im Industriezeitalter
© Stiftung Historische Museen Hamburg

Dinge und Dokumente-Alltag im Industriezeitalter
  • Permanent Exhibition

  • 22.10.2021
  • 10:00
  • Museum der Arbeit
Dioramen aus der Sammlung Jürgen Glanz
© Stiftung Historische Museen Hamburg

Dioramen aus der Sammlung Jürgen Glanz
  • Permanent Exhibition

  • 22.10.2021
  • 10:00
  • Altonaer Museum
Facetten der Altonaer Stadtentwicklung
© Stiftung Historische Museen Hamburg

Facetten der Altonaer Stadtentwicklung
  • Permanent Exhibition

  • 22.10.2021
  • 10:00
  • Altonaer Museum
Fundsache Arbeitsort
© Stiftung Historische Museen Hamburg

Fundsache Arbeitsort
  • Permanent Exhibition

  • 22.10.2021
  • 10:00
  • Museum der Arbeit
Grafisches Gewerbe
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Grafisches Gewerbe
  • Permanent Exhibition

  • 22.10.2021
  • 10:00
  • Museum der Arbeit

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. A climb up to the top floor of the museum is also well worth it – here, you’ll find a 1:32 scale model railway that is regarded as one of the most extensive in Europe.

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.

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Hamburger Kunsthalle
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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

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Chocoversum
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Exceptional Museums
Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte
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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
Internationales Maritimes Museum
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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
Streetart in Hamburg
© Urban Art Institute / Jérome Gerull

Walls can Dance Freiraumgalerie für Urban Art in Hamburgs Süden

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Unter dem Motto „Walls Can Dance“ ist in Harburg eine beeindruckende Freiraumgalerie entstanden, in der farbenprächtige Murals, also Wandgemälde, für…

Bucerius Kunst Forum
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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
Deichtorhallen
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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…

Deichtorhallen
Komponisten-Quartier
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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
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe
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4000 years of design history Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe

Opened in 1877, the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg is one of Europe's leading museums for cultural history, arts and crafts, design and…

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe

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3-Tage-Kunstmeilenpass
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3-Day Art Mile Pass

  • Historical and modern Art
  • Perfect location between Alster & Elbe
  • Everything reachable by foot
  • Five renowned art institutions
3-Day Art Mile Pass
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From 25.00€*
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Eintritt in die Hamburger Kunsthalle
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Admission to the Hamburger Kunsthalle

  • Important public art collections
  • Works from seven centuries
  • Changing art presentations
  • 700 constantly exhibited works
Admission to the Hamburger Kunsthalle
To offer
From 14.00€*
Eintritt Komponisten-Quartier
© Ulrich Perrey

Admission to the Composers' Quarter

  • the history of Hamburg's music
  • six museums in one place
  • world famous composers
Admission to the Composers' Quarter
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From 9.00€*
Bucerius-Kunst-Forum_Ausstellung
© Bucerius-Kunst-Forum-Ulrich-Perrey

Admission to the Bucerius Art Forum

  • Always changing exhibitions
  • Works from antiquity to the present
  • All aspects of the fine arts
Admission to the Bucerius Art Forum
To offer
From 9.00€*
Eintritt Internationales Maritimes Museum
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Admission to the International Maritime Museum

  • 3000 years of seafaring history
  • Over 40,000 miniature models
  • Queen Mary 2 out of a million Legos
  • Real ship simulator
Admission to the International Maritime Museum
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From 15.00€*
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Ballin Stadt
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Admission to the "BallinStadt" emigrant museum

  • Exciting im- & emigration history
  • 4 epochs interesting presented
  • Free Family Research Area
  • Interactive game "Simmigrant"
Admission to the "BallinStadt" emigrant museum
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From 13.00€*

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DISCOVER NOW Culture & Music in Hamburg

Reeperbahn Festival
© Stefan Malzkorn

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!

Concerts & Live Music
Harry Potter Theater Hamburg
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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

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".

UNESCO World Heritage

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