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BallinStadt - Port of Dreams

Address: Veddeler Bogen 2, 20539 Hamburg, Germany
Phone Number: +49 (0)40 / 3197916-0
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Ranked #50 of 387 things to do in Hamburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History museums, Museums
Owner description: More than five million people emigrated to the New World via the Port of Hamburg between 1850 and...
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Type: History museums, Museums
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Owner description: 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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Des Moines, Iowa
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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 

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Reese, Michigan
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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30 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
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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23 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
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 

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Denver, Colorado
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

For me the best part was having the free access in the website ancestry.com where I could find a document of my ancestors which I was looking for for years.

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Hamburg, Germany
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

for even English speaking visitors. Though the English is somewhat spotty, for the most part the translation even audio is there. Just need to be vigilant. The venue is a mini-Ellis Island in the States. Have been there and was reminded throughout of the similarities. Could spend a great deal of time in this venue. Children have "games" in some... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We live in the Barossa Valley in South Australia, so it was wonderful and very interesting to visit the place where many Silesians left to emigrate to Australia, many because of religious persecution in the early to mid 1800s. The interactive exhibits were great and the storytelling brought the place alive. Well worth a visit if you are visiting Hamburg,... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

They exhibits are very nicely done. Plenty to interest both children and adults. Many (but not all) exhibits are in both German and English. Very glad we made time for this. It seems like a well-kept secret, though. It's a fantastic facility, and we were almost the only ones there. We have German ancestry that came to the US in... More 

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New York, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Terrific museum that tells the story of one man's vision. Over 5 million people left Europe from the Port of Hamburg from the 1800's to the 1940's. I never thought where they would stay prior to their ships being ready for departure. Albert Ballin, a former director of Hapag, who has a complicated background being Jewish during this time created... More 

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