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BallinStadt - Port of Dreams

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Address: Veddeler Bogen 2, 20539 Hamburg, Germany
Phone Number: +49 (0)40 / 3197916-0
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10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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More than five million people emigrated to the New World via the Port...

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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Where Immigrants to US started from at about 1920

A very interesting location especially for all those whose ancestors left from here heading for America around 1920 for immigration.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 15, 2015

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19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

A very interesting location especially for all those whose ancestors left from here heading for America around 1920 for immigration.

Thank WLae
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16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Interesting history of the northern european immigration. It is well made to also interest children and we understand the various migrations by country versus the historical events.

Thank vincent3111
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

I had great expectations for this museum but I thought it was average at best. None of the exhibits made an impression upon me. I expected to see more film and more personal stories of the people that immigrated. And the area where you can do some research at the end is nothing more than ancestry.com. At 12,50 euros, spend... More 

Thank docGamba
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15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

The exhibition is sited in the remaining buildings of the centre created to cater for people emigrating to North and South America in the 19th and early 20th Century. The story is well told in both German and English. Perhaps there could have been a bit more in English but it does not take form the experience. Audio guides in... More 

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 239 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

I loved my visit here and to listen to the audio tour of various emigrates and their stories, and I was very furtunate to visit Ellis Island, New York a few months later and see where all these people from Hamburg had landed in the USA. The history of the Ballinstadt originates about a hundred years ago, when Albert Ballin,... More 

1 Thank Yorkie1948
Des Moines, Iowa
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35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Visited in Sept. with adult family--all of us from the US. It was not busy at all, very open and welcoming. The fellow we purchased tickets from in the gift shop area did not speak much English, but had not problems. After buying tickets we stopped at the restaurant first to grab a bite & a beer. It has a... More 

1 Thank Chevy76
Reese, Michigan
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15 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Some of our German friends recently took us here since we have German heritage. Very interesting museum- lots of nice displays and details. Most everything was in both English and German. A real eye opener on how the people got to the US, from the conditions while on the ship, to the money it cost to get a tickets, to... More 

2 Thank klbader
Cleveland, Ohio
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118 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We visited this museum in Hamburg to gain an insight into the journey made by relatives that emigrated from Poland to the US through Hamburg. There was plenty of information in multiple languages explaining the journeys these brave people undertook and the hazards they had to negotiate along the way including regulations, hostile peoples and environments, lack of food and... More 

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Hartford, CT
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

I enjoyed the BallinStadt for a quick visit. I didn't stay as long as I thought I would, though. Like other reviews have said, I was expecting more from the research area than just ancestry.com. If you have a chance, make the trip to Bremerhaven for the Deutsches Auswandererhaus. It's the same idea, but on a much bigger scale. The... More 

1 Thank bbyron
Denver, Colorado
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21 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Displays were not so great and English translation was missing in many places. Not very well ventilated either, which made the experience rather uncomfortable too. Could have used Ancestry.com anywhere, so that part felt a little sponsored. Found that the functionality offered on Ancestry.com does not reflect the full passenger listing we were expecting to be able to access, but... More 

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