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Art & Exhibitions

Museums, exhibitions & artistic highlights in Hamburg

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.

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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

© Uriel Montúfar/Atowla Kouadio/Galerie Melbye-Konan

200 Years of Peruvian Independence: Atowla & Uriel Montúfar
  • Exhibition

  • 04.08.2021
  • 12:00
  • Galerie Melbye-Konan
50er Schuppen
© Stiftung Historische Museen Hamburg

50er Schuppen
  • Permanent Exhibition

  • 04.08.2021
  • 10:00
  • Hafenmuseum
ABC der Arbeit - Vielfalt, Leben, Innovation
© Stiftung Historische Museen Hamburg

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

  • 04.08.2021
  • 10:00
  • Museum der Arbeit
Arbeit im Kontor – Handel mit Übersee
© Stiftung Historische Museen Hamburg

Arbeit im Kontor – Handel mit Übersee
  • Permanent Exhibition

  • 04.08.2021
  • 10:00
  • Museum der Arbeit
Bauernstuben
© Stiftung Historische Museen Hamburg

Bauernstuben
  • Permanent Exhibition

  • 04.08.2021
  • 10:00
  • Altonaer Museum
Bremer Kai
© Stiftung Historische Museen Hamburg

Bremer Kai
  • Permanent Exhibition

  • 04.08.2021
  • 10:00
  • Hafenmuseum
Der Dufke-laden
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Der Dufke-Laden
  • Permanent Exhibition

  • 04.08.2021
  • 10:00
  • Altonaer Museum
Die Flotte
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Die Flotte
  • Permanent Exhibition

  • 04.08.2021
  • 10:00
  • Hafenmuseum
Dinge und Dokumente-Alltag im Industriezeitalter
© Stiftung Historische Museen Hamburg

Dinge und Dokumente-Alltag im Industriezeitalter
  • Permanent Exhibition

  • 04.08.2021
  • 10:00
  • Museum der Arbeit
Dioramen aus der Sammlung Jürgen Glanz
© Stiftung Historische Museen Hamburg

Dioramen aus der Sammlung Jürgen Glanz
  • Permanent Exhibition

  • 04.08.2021
  • 10:00
  • Altonaer Museum
Facetten der Altonaer Stadtentwicklung
© Stiftung Historische Museen Hamburg

Facetten der Altonaer Stadtentwicklung
  • Permanent Exhibition

  • 04.08.2021
  • 10:00
  • Altonaer Museum
Fundsache Arbeitsort
© Stiftung Historische Museen Hamburg

Fundsache Arbeitsort
  • Permanent Exhibition

  • 04.08.2021
  • 10:00
  • Museum der Arbeit
Future of Art
© Heike Baltruweit

Future of Art :: in the Karo neighbourhood
  • Exhibition

  • 04.08.2021
  • 13:00
  • Pure Photography & Galerie für Kunst, Medien und Design
Gewächshaus des Botanischen Sondergartens Wandsbek
© Helge Masch

Geh dahin, wo der Pfeffer wächst ...
  • Exhibition

  • 03.08.2021
  • 07:00
  • Botanischer Sondergarten Wandsbek
Grafisches Gewerbe
© Stiftung Historische Museen Hamburg

Grafisches Gewerbe
  • Permanent Exhibition

  • 04.08.2021
  • 10:00
  • Museum der Arbeit
Hamburg im 20. Jahrhundert
© Stiftung Historische Museen Hamburg

Hamburg im 20. Jahrhundert
  • Permanent Exhibition

  • 04.08.2021
  • 10:00
  • Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte

Museums, galleries, exhibitions in Hamburg that you should have seen

Over 100 museums and renowned exhibition houses

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.

One of the largest museums of urban history in Europe

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.

Modern Art, Street Art and Art Festivals: Colorful, Social and Versatile

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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OUR RECOMMENDATIONS Art & Exhibitions in Hamburg

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…

Hamburger Kunsthalle
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3-Tage-Kunstmeilenpass
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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…

3-Day Art Mile Pass
Chocoversum
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Everything but ordinary! Exceptional Museums

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Unusual museum experiences that you can only make in Hamburg.

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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
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

BOOK NOW Tickets for art & exhibitions in Hamburg

Artistic-Must do
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€*
Artistic-Must do
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
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From 14.00€*
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€*
Family-Highlight
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
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Great freedom for music Concerts & Live Music

From classical music to electro festivals, from music history to a lively live scene and club culture: the Hanseatic city stands for a daily ringing and swinging of live music in the countless clubs and bars around the Reeperbahn, in musicals, concert halls or under the open sky.

Concerts & Live Music
Harry Potter Theater Hamburg
© Manuel Harlan

Great productions Theater & Stage Arts

"The boards that mean the world" have a long tradition in Hamburg. In addition to famous spoken-word theaters, the stage landscape offers a state opera, bitingly sharp cabaret, impressive dance performances, open-air performances and plays especially for children.

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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