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BallinStadt - Port of Dreams

Veddeler Bogen 2, 20539 Hamburg, Germany
+49 (0)40 / 3197916-0
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Ranked #33 of 142 attractions 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 1934. The stories of their lives are brought to life... more » 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. « less
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Excellent museum that retraces lives of people who immigrated to USA from the port of Hamburg Germany I'm the late 1800's to 1940's. Makes you want to learn more about your personal story if you are from the states. Has English translations. Go at your pace and no crowd when we visited. Subway goes right there.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I went to BallinStadt looking for information about immigration to Australia in the 1850's. The museum displayed the process that immigrants had to go through in order to immigrate to another country. The health checks prior to embarking on the ships was not pleasant. The accommodation on the ships was extremely basic and it would have been... More

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Auburn, Washington
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Stories of immigrants are told in both German and English which makes this a great place to visit. The hardships people went through and the lives they led are most interesting to hear. There is also an opportunity to look for your own ancestors on the computers in the museum. Being located close to a train stop makes it convenient.

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calgary
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

This museum covers the history of emigration from Germany to North America, mostly through the stories of typical people from the various periods of emigration. The majority of the commentary is available in both English and German, and displays are well put together. They document the progress of emigration through Hamburg, and the causes of it over about a 100-year... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Ballinstadt is located next to the Veddel S-Bahn, so I went there on a rainy day and it was just a quick block away from the train. The museum is housed in 3 of the original buildings that the emmigrants lived in waiting to be processed before they left for the New World. The exhibits were OK, and most had... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

So much more potential for this museum that covers German emigration to America and other Europeans. One negative is when listening on the phones and trying for english, if the other person has the german on already you won't be getting english. Some of the exhibits are very repetitive. Lots of valuable historical information. Not that interactive though if your... More

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Redmond, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013 via mobile

Museum does an excellent job of explaining the experience of people leaving Europe to go to the Americas. I was pleased to find that so many of the displays had English translations. It was one of the highlights of my trip so far in Germany.

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Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

I really enjoyed my time in this museum. I appreciate more fully what my German ancestors went through to come to America, and how brave all the emigrants were to leave their homeland. Once we finished touring the exhibits, it was very cool to sit in the ancestry research room and look up information on my family. Also, almost everything... More

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