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BallinStadt - Port of Dreams

Veddeler Bogen 2, 20539 Hamburg, Germany
+49 (0)40 / 3197916-0
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Ranked #35 of 137 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...
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Type: History Museums, Museums
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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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Reese, Michigan
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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26 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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
53 helpful votes 53 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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3 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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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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82 reviews 82 reviews
15 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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
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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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90 reviews 90 reviews
49 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
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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