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Museum of Hamburg History (Hamburgmuseum)

Holstenwall 24, 20355 Hamburg, Germany (St. Pauli)
49 040 42841 2380
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Ranked #17 of 134 Attractions in Hamburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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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Kingsdown, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

This is excellent, I saw this first in 1956 as a young lad, since then new trains have been added. Entry in the price for the museum .Set working about every hour for 30 min with commentary in german.

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Bangalore, India
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Beautiful story telling through out ! With light and sound effect. First thing I visited in Hamburg, and happy I did - armed me with good amount of information.

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Prague, Czech Republic
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53 reviews 53 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Great insight into the history of the town. Exhibition is an appealing format with town and ship models, replicas of interiors, etc. Lot to see and lot to learn. There is a model railway on the top floor, operational on a fixed schedule (during our visit on Sunday it was every hour starting at 12) with German language commentary.

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Vienna, Austria
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53 reviews 53 reviews
24 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This museum is great if you have a couple of hours of time. It is on multiple levels and tells the history of Hamburg from its very beginning to the present day. The free audioguide in English was really helpful for understanding the well-designed displays. The Museum of Hamburg's History offers fantastic insights into how this city grew to be... More

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Frederiksberg, Denmark
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43 reviews 43 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

+ Lots of cool visual and interactive possibilities. Lots of space and very detailed. Telephone guide for each room. - Guide only in german. We missed a schematic overview of the museum and a chronology.

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Hartford, CT
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68 reviews 68 reviews
23 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Nice museum and great for getting a little history lesson about Hamburg, if you're a person who nerds-out on history. Convenient lockers and coat check. Inside the museum, each century has a miniature model of how the city has grown, alongside the other artifacts and dioramas. I visited on the Turbo Pass because it was included. Can't comment on the... More

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Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Everything I liked! Very well set cronologically, helpful audio tools, the cafe inside is super cozy and very well attended, very well thought the walkthrough of the exhibition. The models (miniatures) are extremely specific and very well explained.

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Dearborn, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I easily spent 5 hours here. Fantastic range of exhibits. Many are labeled in both German and English. Sobering reminders of dark Jewish history in Hamburg, and indeed in Germany overall.

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Stonehaven, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
6 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Well laid out, lots of English explanation and also a free audio guide in English which was very detailed. The exhibitions were really good and covered the entire life span of Hamburg from early days to today. Special exhibition was also on on model railways, which for me was a bonus, Spent a most enjoyable 4 hours and finished off... More

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Waterloo, Iowa
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44 reviews 44 reviews
31 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We found it very interesting to see how Hamburg was first settled and grew over the years. The museum is fairly English friendly. Most of the exhibits had English explanations and the English head phones helped quite a bit. We also liked the exhibits on 20th Century Germany, seeing this part of history from a German point of view was... More

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