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Emigrant Museum BallinStadt

From Hamburg to a new world

The emigrant museum BallinStadt in Hamburg opens its doors and shows in its exhibition the emigration history from four epochs.

The Ballinstadt celebrates its 15th anniversary

For 15 years, the Ballinstadt has been showcasing the lives and aspirations of people who were on their way to a new homeland. In addition to exhibits on immigration and emigration, people can also research their own ancestors at the Family Research Center.

The history of the Emigration Museum

Why should you visit the Emigration Museum in Hamburg during your stay in the Hanseatic City? Since its opening in 2007, it has rightly been one of the city's most popular museums. The core of the exhibition are the three replica emigrant halls of Ballinstadt, named after Albert Ballin. At the beginning of the 20th century he was managing director of the shipping company HAPAG and as such he was very interested in the millions of emigrants who wanted to start from here into the New World and hopefully into a better life. Since the housing situation in the city had become untenable, in 1901 he had the Ballinstadt built on the Elbe island of Veddel, which became a true city in the city with a church, dining rooms, dormitories and a military hospital. For about 5 million European emigrants, Hamburg was the "gateway to the world" between 1850 and 1939. The BallinStadt Emigration Museum is dedicated to these emigrants.

The special exhibition "BIER-Exportschlager" (Beer as an export hit)

From 17 September to 4 December 2022, the BallinStadt team will show why the migration of German brewers in the 19th century turned the beer world upside down. Whether in North and South America, Africa, Asia, Oceania or in the immediate European neighbourhood - German brewers left their mark on the world from the middle of the 19th century and made lager the most popular beer in the world. Anheuser-Busch, Miller, Coors, Tsingtao, Estrella Damm, Quilmes or Windhuk Lager are just a few beer brands with German roots. In addition to the exciting stories of the German-born brewers, the exhibition also includes insights into German beer customs as well as the German export hits beer and brewery technology.

But emigration also always causes immigration: so the circle closes with a look at the craft beer movement, which "spilled over" from the USA to Germany in a "German-inspired" way and is now an important factor in a new beer culture. "In the history of German migration, especially to America in the 19th century, beer plays a very special role. It shows us how important it is for migrants to 'take a piece of home with them' and to create something new from these roots," says Volker Reimers, Managing Director of the BallinStadt Emigration Museum. "The example shows how enriching foreign influences are for a country to develop further. Of course, this insight is just as valid today as it was some 200 years ago."

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