Hamburger Kunsthalle
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Hamburger Kunsthalle
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Hamburger Kunsthalle
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Hamburger Kunsthalle
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Hamburger Kunsthalle
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Hamburger Kunsthalle

From antique to contemporary to modern.

Hamburger Kunsthalle is one of the largest and most important art museums in Germany. Its superb permanent collection takes visitors on a journey through seven centuries of art history, from the medieval altars through to the stars of the contemporary art scene.

After members of the Hamburg art association committed themselves to supporting an art museum in the Hanseatic City in 1846, the collections were opened to the public as early as 1850. The construction of the Hamburg Kunsthalle was financed through donations from Hamburg's citizens and was opened in 1869. The various collections continue to be expanded even today, thanks to foundations such as the "Campeschen Historischen Kunststiftung" and the museum friends "Freunde der Kunsthalle e. V.". The Kunsthalle Hamburg is not only committed to contemporary art, but also focuses on the conservation of older art.

Three buildings. A breathtaking experience.

The Kunsthalle Hamburg consists of three distinctive buildings: the ornamentally decorated brick structure from 1869, the neo-classical annex of light-coloured limestone from 1919, and the white cube of the "Galerie der Gegenwart" (gallery of the present) by the architect Oswald Mathias Ungers that opened in 1997. With its central location between the central station and the Alster, the Kunsthalle also represents an architectural highlight.

One of the loveliest views of the city is offered by the bistro of the Galerie der Gegenwart which caters for the culinary enjoyment of visitors together with Café Liebermann in the historic part of the museum.

The Collections of the Kunsthalle Hamburg

The Old Masters collection focuses on four areas in particular: North German Art around 1400, Dutch painting of the 17th century, Italian painting from 1350 to 1800 and French painting of the 17th to 18th century. Paintings by Old Masters can be seen such as Rembrandt, Lucas Cranach the Elder and Rubens. The gallery of the 19th century is one of the most important collections of this period, beginning with works by Romantic artists and closing with German Impressionism. Here can be found paintings by artists such as Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet and Edouard Manet.

The outstanding collection of classic modern art has works by Max Beckmann and Edvard Munch. Also hanging in the gallery are works by the "Blauer Reiter" and the "Brücke" groups considered during the Nazi period to be "degenerate"; some works from this time have vanished. Further highlights are Dutch paintings from the 17th century, with works by Rembrandt and Ruisdael, paintings of the German Romantic period with a comprehensive group of works by Caspar David Friedrich and Philipp Otto Runge, and important works by Adolph Menzel and Max Liebermann.

Since that time, the Kunsthalle Hamburg has endeavoured constantly to expand this collection. Also to be found in the Kunsthalle Hamburg are a media collection, a collection of copper engravings and the "Galerie der Gegenwart" which exhibits art from 1960 to the present. In addition to the collection, Hamburger Kunsthalle receives international attention with its prestigious special exhibitions which attract thousands of Hamburg visitors each year.

Experience sustainability

The Hamburger Kunsthalle is actively committed to a sustainable cultural experience. On the one hand, it supports the project Hamburger Kulturschlüssel and the association KulturLeben Hamburg by donating admission tickets and thus promoting social participation. Because culture should be accessible for everyone - for people with disabilities, for people with a low income, for people of all ages. In addition, the gift shop focuses on regional production. Many gifts and souvenirs are primarily produced in cooperation with sheltered workshops in order to establish inclusion on the one hand and to keep transport routes as low-emission as possible on the other. 

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3-Day Art Mile Pass

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The Kunstmeile Hamburg are the five renowned art institutions in the center of Hamburg. The Bucerius Kunst Forum, the Deichtorhallen Hamburg, the Hamburger Kunsthalle, the Kunstverein in Hamburg and the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe are all within walking distance of each other along the art mile. Their excellent location near Alster and Elbe is an invitation to visitors to take a stroll of discovery. Together they exhibit an up-to-date, vibrant selection of contemporary and historical art.#

Note: The 3-day pass entitles you to unlimited admission for three consecutive days to all five homes. To enter the booking, the selection of a date is required. This is not relevant to the validity of the ticket. This begins with the first exhibition visit, to which it must be presented in print.

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The Kunstmeile Hamburg are the five renowned art institutions in the center of Hamburg. The Bucerius Kunst Forum, the Deichtorhallen Hamburg, the Hamburger Kunsthalle, the Kunstverein in Hamburg and the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe are all within walking distance of each other along the art mile. Their excellent location near Alster and Elbe is an invitation to visitors to take a stroll of discovery. Together they exhibit an up-to-date, vibrant selection of contemporary and historical art.

Note: The 12-month Kunstmeilenpass entitles you to a one-time visit to all five institutions, including special exhibitions, and is valid for 12 months. To enter the booking, the selection of a date is required. This is not relevant to the validity of the ticket. This begins with the first exhibition visit, to which it must be presented in print.

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Admission to the Hamburger Kunsthalle

  • Important public art collections
  • Works from seven centuries
  • Changing art presentations
  • 700 constantly exhibited works
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Hamburger Kunsthalle
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The three distinctive buildings of the Hamburg Kunsthalle art gallery are home to one of the most important public art collections in Germany, featuring works from seven centuries of art history. Frequently changing exhibitions of the museum's renowned collections show how art has developed from the Middle Ages until the present day. Over 700 works are on permanent display. Most of the more modern pieces are in the Gallery of Contemporary Art.

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