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BallinStadt - Port of Dreams

Veddeler Bogen 2, 20539 Hamburg, Germany
+49 (0)40 / 3197916-0
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Ranked #31 of 139 attractions in Hamburg
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Brisbane, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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75 reviews 75 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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56 reviews 56 reviews
21 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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285 reviews 285 reviews
133 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
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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58 reviews 58 reviews
24 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Alexandria, Va
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

The exhibit was set up in a very interactive and easy to follow manner. Tracing the experiences of different types of immigrants from various time periods. Children from the early 19th century to adults fleeing the holocaust. Hearing those stories was impressive, but also see the spot where they began their journeys across the ocean was moving. The museum is... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

Since both my husband and my families came from Germany to S. Russia to the US, this was like having a small piece of history come to life for us. Much good information in both English and German, although a few more English translations would be quite helpful. There's an entire building on the bombing of Hamburg which although not... More

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Sydney
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52 reviews 52 reviews
13 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012 via mobile

Unfortunately, much of the exhibition wasn't translated into English, except for parts concerning Americans. Not speaking German we didn't understand most of the information. I wouldn't recommend this museum to non- American English speakers.

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