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BallinStadt - Port of Dreams

Veddeler Bogen 2, 20539 Hamburg, Germany
+49 40 31979160
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More than five million people emigrated to the New World via the Port of Hamburg between 1850 and 1934. The stories of their lives are brought to life at BallinStadt. Historical exhibits, multimedia stations, the backdrop of a bustling market in the New York of the 1920s, and much more will make this a breath-taking journey for visitors.
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Veddeler Bogen 2, 20539 Hamburg, Germany
+49 40 31979160
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Reviewed 18 June 2017

We went here expecting little and found a lot. The museum tells the story of human migration from time immemorial for various reasons. It brings it up to date, in the 20th and 21st century, not hesitating to focus on the tens of millions who...More

Thank Roland180
Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

Some of our relatives emigrated from Denmark to U.S. through Hamburg before 1900. We therefor went to this museum to experience how they left Europe for the new land in the West. The museum is a modem one giving an empathic view of the days...More

Thank Olfred
Reviewed 23 March 2017

Just a couple of blocks from the S station at Veddel (S3 or 31) I spent about 2 hours going through the exhibits. Many of the personal letters and stories are fascinating. The Highlight for me was finding the passenger list of the ship my...More

Thank Gerlinde G
Reviewed 23 February 2017

this emigration museum is fascinating. it shows that people have been emigrating for generations. the three emigration sheds have been rebuilt, but they do show what people had to go through. actually, albert ballin seems to have had humanity that was lacking in other emigration...More

Thank Ann S
Reviewed 13 January 2017

Very modern, interactive and well displayed exhibitions. Captions are in German, but you can get a booklet in English, with all the information. Allow yourself 2-3h, if you are interested in checking the details. There are 3 halls to visit, with several rooms. There is...More

Thank Ana L
BallinStadt, Leiter Öffentlichkeitsarbeit at BallinStadt - Port of Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2017

Dear Ana L, Thank you very much for your positive feedback! Kind regards, your BallinStadt team

Reviewed 9 October 2016

Well designed museum describing the process of emigration from Europe during the period of mass migration, but also dealing with questions of migration in the present. The museum is located in the former facilities of the Hamburg America Line, a shipping company deeply involved in...More

Thank gershonbacon
BallinStadt, Leiter Öffentlichkeitsarbeit at BallinStadt - Port of Dreams, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2017

Dear gershonbacon, Thank you very much for your positive feedback! Kind regards, your BallinStadt team

Reviewed 8 October 2016

The museum has been renovated since my last visit and a lot of it is very interesting. However, I took 2 English friends and there is nothing in English, except a half a dozen audio conversations you can listen to as you go around about...More

Thank Pat931
Reviewed 29 September 2016

Throughly enjoyed our visit to this museum, easily accessible on public transport. The posted guiding is in German but the English booklet included in admission charge contained a wealth of information on migration, immigration across the years with emphasis on 19th century travel to USA....More

Thank Kathy C
Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

A very impressive and informative place. It informs about conditions of emigration to mainly the US early last century and how this exodus was organized in a quite human way. Further it holds the database of emigrants so that many great grand children of emigrants...More

Thank WLae
Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

Don't visit. The book in English doesn't line up with any of the exhibits. I wish I had my money back. The family research center is nothing more than 4 computers that have ancestory.com on it. That's it.

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Deborah E
21 March 2017|
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Response from WLae | Reviewed this property |
Public traffic is quite comfortable in Hamburg and will take you to Ballin Stadt easily. I would reccomand to look for a hotel not to far from the center as this will enable short transportation times to all interesting... More
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6 March 2016|
Response from WLae | Reviewed this property |
As this emigration centre is supported by the German branch of Ancestry it does not only hold the shipping lists for US bound emigrants but acts as a global family research centre.
28 December 2014|
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Response from Kobolt2014 | Reviewed this property |
Hallo, wenn Du in Hamburg bist und in der Ballinstadt nichts ,oder wenig über Deine Familie herausfindest, gibt es interumständen einen anderen Weg. Es gibt Archive, in den alte Unterlagen gespeichert werden. Vielleicht hast... More
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