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“Step back in history” 4 of 5 stars
Review of BallinStadt - Port of Dreams

BallinStadt - Port of Dreams
Veddeler Bogen 2, 20539 Hamburg, Germany
+49 (0)40 / 3197916-0
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Ranked #34 of 141 attractions in Hamburg
Type: History Museums, Museums
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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.
Hamburg, Grmany
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“Step back in history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2012

Experience the biographies of those who emigrated in the nineteenth century. Find out about your ancestors!

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Cambridge
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12 attraction reviews
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“very interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

We were there on Sunday afternoon. My husband's ancestors travelled from Hamburg to Australia. It was very interesting to see why and how people travel to other countries. The museum is well set up and most of displays were translated in English. You can search for shipping records, too. We had lunch there and food was quite good.

Visited November 2011
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Frankfurt, Germany
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“well worth it”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2011

This museum has a really interesting exhibition with lots in English (it's like the German 'Ellis Island').

Visited October 2011
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New York City, New York
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“Particularly for adults with historic memories”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2011

The four surviving buildings (restored) tell the story of emigration from Hamburg, one of the most important embarkation points in all of Europe for emigrants to the USA and Canada. The exhibits are excellent, including texts in English and German, videos, mementoes, and (if you can figure out how to use it) connection to Ancestry.com so you can look up census records, ships' manifests, etc. For people with no connection to emigration, it is not the first sight to visit in Hamburg.

Visited October 2011
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Orange County, CA
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“Interesting History”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2011

As an American, I'm well aware of Ellis Island, but had no idea that a place like Ballin Stadt existed. This was the main location where European immigrants gathered and were given medical exams, etc before they boarded ships to the USA. Interpretive signage was sometimes available in English, but it was sporadic. Still, seeing the facilities and getting the general gist of the history was interesting.

Visited September 2011
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