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Museum of Hamburg History (Hamburgmuseum)

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Neighbourhood: St. Pauli
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Address: Holstenwall 24, 20355 Hamburg, Germany
Phone Number:
+49 40 428412380
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 10:00 - 18:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

The hamburgmuseum (or hm), also known as Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte...

The hamburgmuseum (or hm), also known as Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte ("Museum for Hamburg History"), is a history museum located in the city of Hamburg in northern Germany. The museum was established at its current location in 1922, although its parent organization was started in 1839. The museum was named hamburgmuseum in 2006. It is located near the Planten un Blomen park in the center of Hamburg.

The museum has many artifacts from preserved by the Society of Hamburg History founded in 1839. The Petri portal from Hamburg's St. Petri Church, built in 1604, was built into the museum courtyard.

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Nice museum to visit

sent a few hours there , lots on the history of the city , well laid out and helpful staff all of them spoke english, nice clean place to visit

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Ron N
Upminster, United Kingdom
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Upminster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

sent a few hours there , lots on the history of the city , well laid out and helpful staff all of them spoke english, nice clean place to visit

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Kiev, Ukraine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Museum with a lot of interesting items about the history of the Hamburg and, especially a small railway train station, but this exposition opens only a few times a day. Also, there represents many historical ships and small copies of the Hamburg at different times.

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I enjoyed my time at this museum to the history of Hamburg despite a cranky staff and a somewhat uninspiring layout. The trains on the top floor are cool, and some of the history exhibits are neat. I especially like the display dedicated to Jewish history in Hamburg. I think it's worth the entry to visit. There are some cool... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

As opposed to the other museum we visited this museum was fascinating, with loads of exhibits, information in english and German and really friendly staff, i'd reccomend it to anyone.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

Regretfully we left our visit to this museum until the penultimate day of our trip to Hamburg and found that the three hours we spent here were not sufficient. For train buffs this museum also has a layout, on the top floor, of Hamburg and Harburg. On the hour volunteers operate the trains, and as we were interested they ran... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

This is a very interesting place, which tells us about the shipbuilding, Hamburg port, migrants, fire, people. You can explore the living rooms of those times as well.

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Weymouth, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

This museum gives you a full overview of the development of Hamburg, starting pre-Viking to the 1970s. Interestingly the story of both world wars are told through the eyes of Jewish residents in what may be the best section of the museum. Model RR on top floor is not particularly special. Decent English explanations with so-so audio guide included in... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

There is quite a few good models in this museum, but in other respects a museum on the average. We had a good time attending the model railway "show". There are audio guides in English and in German, which is a good thing. Our expectations for the jewish history section were quite high, but we were disappointed. There were many... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016 via mobile

Very poor experience. Clearly run by civil servants. My partner felt faint in the lobby area but we had checked in the bags with our water. The cloakroom attendant refused to give back the bags as we wanted to retrieve our water. I explained. She said we could have the water back but would have to stand there and drink... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016 via mobile

An average museum. Provides a succinct review of major events and culture that helped the city grow. Model train room on top floor is fun, doesn't run all the time, only at designated times. Recreated rooms of baroque and victorian age merchant houses also interesting.

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