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Museum of Hamburg History (Hamburgmuseum)

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Neighbourhood: St. Pauli
As featured in Museum Guide for Hamburg
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Address: Holstenwall 24, 20355 Hamburg, Germany
Phone Number: +49 40 428412380
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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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Very interesting with a model railway on the top floor

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Tel Aviv
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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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Oslo, Norway
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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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Hamburg, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2016

Main attraction is the railway model upstairs, but this is done better in miniaturstad. What remains is actually quite interesting history of Hamburg, well researched

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Kuopio, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016

Nice museum in a fabulous building. Not excessively large so it doesn't take all day. Courtyard was closed when visited. Maybe next time then. Miniature railroad was fun to observe, especially after hard study of old paintings. Air raid shelter in basement topped the trip.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2016

It is located at the subway train station St. Pauli. We went on a rainy day but I would recommend this for any day to anyone who is visiting Hamburg and wants to learn about the city. It is set up chronologically and they have very interesting and relevant artifacts that give you a good idea of the city, the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2016 via mobile

Sure, this is the go-to museum to learn about Hamburg and its history. But what's even more exciting (at least for me) was the fact that it houses a lovely model train landscape, replicating parts of Hamburg. No, this is not the "Miniaturwunderland", don't get me wrong! This is - maybe to put it into perspective - the less capitaliam-oriented... More 

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