International Maritime Museum

International Maritime Museum

International Maritime Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Learn about the history and future of shipping, and Hamburg’s importance, at this tremendous museum. Artifacts include ship models, paintings, uniforms and nautical devices.
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  • Überseequartier • 4 min walk
  • Meßberg • 7 min walk
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  • Vierdank
    Stockholm, Sweden5,112 contributions
    Really maritime and really international
    This place is huge! Nine floors to cover, which takes it time if you have the ambition to be thorough. But you don't have to be - works just fine to be selective. This museum differs from many other maritime museums by really having an international aspect of the exhibitions and the history told. Which makes it more interesting, since you can see and do "cross references" in a bigger perspective than usual. Recommended for both old and young - even though it's a bit expensive: 13€ for adults...
    Visited February 2020
    Written March 8, 2020
  • Melinda Sabo
    10 contributions
    A really interesting museum
    Although many people were complaining that the Maritime Museum it's just too big and boring, I had a great time there. It is true that you just cannot go through everything in one visit, but if you select the topics that are of great interest, you can spend some valuable time inside. I visited levels 1,4,6 related to navigation and communication, the life on board and passenger and good shipping and I felt like learning a lot. Highly recommended!
    Visited March 2020
    Written March 20, 2020
  • Michael B
    131 contributions
    What a Fascinating Museum
    To start, the museum was open on Christmas day, which was very nice. We started with a fish lunch at the great "Catch of the Day" restaurant, and then spent four hours in the museum. I was totally fascinated, and would have spent another two hours had closing time not arrived. I feel that this is a must visit museum!
    Visited December 2019
    Written January 4, 2020
  • love2travel_uk_f
    West Sussex, United Kingdom101 contributions
    Fantastic Museum...just a shame about the lack of English in some parts
    Wow this musuem is amazing! It is 10 floors packed from floor to ceiling! My husband and I spent all afternoon there but you could spend a whole day there. We liked the fact that it really did have an international feel, with exhibits from all over the world, except for the fact that only some of the wording was in English. I know we were in Germany but a museum of this type does really appeal to people from all over the world, so it would make sense to have more English translations. That is the only reason that I am marking it 4 starts not 5 stars. Tip....half way round the museum follow your noise to find the little coffee stop. Yes it is out of a machine, but the coffee was lovely and it is certainly nice to have a sit down halfway through a museum of this size!
    Visited December 2019
    Written January 8, 2020
  • Jonathan H
    1 contribution
    A brilliant museum
    This is the best Maritime Museum I have visited. Whatever you might wish to know about seafaring, warships, naval technology, navigation, maritime history - it is all here. My only regret is that I just had two or three hours here on the last day of my visit to Hamburg. I could easily, and happily, have spent a whole day in this museum alone. If you have any interest in matters maritime this museum is for you. Depending on the level of your interest you might not want to explore the entire museum, but all its wonders are there for you to choose from.
    Visited January 2020
    Written July 12, 2020
  • Sandy
    United Kingdom3 contributions
    Must go if you love maritime
    Be prepared for an overload of information of maritime related subjects, ranging from history to paintings, sailor uniforms to miniature ships figures, the list just goes on, This is definitely a museum for people who are fascinated by ships of all sorts, from the medieval ships to battle warships to civil modern day cruise and cargo ships. Considering the admission fee is €15, I think it is worth it if you are a huge fan of ships. If not, you will find it boring and repetitive. I would say overall the ship collection is very impressive and aviators massive. One word of caution is that there is quite a number of exhibits that only have German descriptions, I found myself getting bored as a go along since I am not receiving any information about the exhibits in English.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written March 16, 2023
  • SIFTO_GO
    Funen and Islands, Denmark112 contributions
    Old fashion museum, for a sleepy day
    In general a collection of maritime bits n’ bobs... not much interactive education. Seen from a naval achitectural point of view, there are a lot left to be exposed and shown for the future generation. I would be afraid that museums like this is scarring away the youngsters for choosing a maritime career, especialy the girls....
    Visited January 2020
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 9, 2020
  • Michael B
    Guatemala City, Guatemala241 contributions
    Very interesting and recommended
    Anybody even slightly interested in shipping, sea travel etc., should invest a few hours to explore this really nice and impressive private collection of many different items, incl. maps, model ships, paintings, navigational and other instruments, etc. etc. which is housed in a beautiful old warehouse on 10 floors.
    Visited July 2020
    Written September 7, 2020
  • DAS
    18 contributions
    Intense Exploration of Maritime History
    My son (13 years old) and I loved this museum. The range of exhibits is excellent and there is something interesting for everyone. We visited all nine floors, and stayed for about 3 hours. The ticket allows visitors to leave and re-enter. It is an extensive museum that presents the history of life on sea, exploration of the sea and has models of every type of major battle, ship/ocean-going craft, and a wonderful collection of art. This is a must-do in Hamburg.
    Visited March 2022
    Written March 19, 2022
  • kakhaber1910
    Tbilisi, Georgia54 contributions
    Superb museum with unrivaled content about naval history
    International maritime museum is keeping exhibits from ancients to modern times. You can find not only ships or boats here, but in-depth look of naval history, explorations, cruise ships, fishing and etc. Museum is a massive 9-storey building, thematically organized. I went there with my 3 year old niece who was totally amazed and inspired by the limitless number exhibits. Could not get any better. 100/100
    Visited June 2019
    Traveled with family
    Written March 3, 2020
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love2travel_uk_f
West Sussex, UK101 contributions
Dec 2019
Wow this musuem is amazing! It is 10 floors packed from floor to ceiling! My husband and I spent all afternoon there but you could spend a whole day there. We liked the fact that it really did have an international feel, with exhibits from all over the world, except for the fact that only some of the wording was in English. I know we were in Germany but a museum of this type does really appeal to people from all over the world, so it would make sense to have more English translations. That is the only reason that I am marking it 4 starts not 5 stars.

Tip....half way round the museum follow your noise to find the little coffee stop. Yes it is out of a machine, but the coffee was lovely and it is certainly nice to have a sit down halfway through a museum of this size!
Written January 8, 2020
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Jonathan H
1 contribution
Jan 2020
This is the best Maritime Museum I have visited. Whatever you might wish to know about seafaring, warships, naval technology, navigation, maritime history - it is all here. My only regret is that I just had two or three hours here on the last day of my visit to Hamburg. I could easily, and happily, have spent a whole day in this museum alone. If you have any interest in matters maritime this museum is for you. Depending on the level of your interest you might not want to explore the entire museum, but all its wonders are there for you to choose from.
Written July 12, 2020
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Sandy
United Kingdom3 contributions
Mar 2023 • Solo
Be prepared for an overload of information of maritime related subjects, ranging from history to paintings, sailor uniforms to miniature ships figures, the list just goes on, This is definitely a museum for people who are fascinated by ships of all sorts, from the medieval ships to battle warships to civil modern day cruise and cargo ships.

Considering the admission fee is €15, I think it is worth it if you are a huge fan of ships. If not, you will find it boring and repetitive.

I would say overall the ship collection is very impressive and aviators massive. One word of caution is that there is quite a number of exhibits that only have German descriptions, I found myself getting bored as a go along since I am not receiving any information about the exhibits in English.
Written March 16, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

SIFTO_GO
Funen and Islands, Denmark112 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
In general a collection of maritime bits n’ bobs... not much interactive education. Seen from a naval achitectural point of view, there are a lot left to be exposed and shown for the future generation. I would be afraid that museums like this is scarring away the youngsters for choosing a maritime career, especialy the girls....
Written January 9, 2020
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Michael B
Guatemala City, Guatemala241 contributions
Jul 2020
Anybody even slightly interested in shipping, sea travel etc., should invest a few hours to explore this really nice and impressive private collection of many different items, incl. maps, model ships, paintings, navigational and other instruments, etc. etc. which is housed in a beautiful old warehouse on 10 floors.
Written September 7, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

DAS
18 contributions
Mar 2022
My son (13 years old) and I loved this museum. The range of exhibits is excellent and there is something interesting for everyone. We visited all nine floors, and stayed for about 3 hours. The ticket allows visitors to leave and re-enter. It is an extensive museum that presents the history of life on sea, exploration of the sea and has models of every type of major battle, ship/ocean-going craft, and a wonderful collection of art. This is a must-do in Hamburg.
Written March 19, 2022
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kakhaber1910
Tbilisi, Georgia54 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
International maritime museum is keeping exhibits from ancients to modern times. You can find not only ships or boats here, but in-depth look of naval history, explorations, cruise ships, fishing and etc.

Museum is a massive 9-storey building, thematically organized. I went there with my 3 year old niece who was totally amazed and inspired by the limitless number exhibits.

Could not get any better. 100/100
Written March 4, 2020
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Tim R
Hampton, VA429 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
This was our first visit to Hamburg's maritime museum. It had 9-floors of maritime stuff, from paintings to models to weapons to uniforms to history to a container ship simulator. It was very well done. Highly recommend it, especially in a rainy day.
Written September 6, 2020
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FrazzMac
Dundee, UK102 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
We tried to fit in as much of Hamburg as possible and this was the best museum of the lot.
9 floors of amazing exhibits that bring the maritime history of Hamburg and the world to life. This is a truly amazing place.
Written March 25, 2020
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Richard R
Hamburg, Germany31 contributions
Aug 2020 • Friends
Firstly 7 floors are just a bit too many, if you don’t want to spend the whole day there, you don’t know where to start and what to skip. Secondly things could just be done in a much more interactive and interesting way, especially since it’s fairly new. Like this it’s just another museum - wouldn’t recommend. Additionally the front desk staff was extremely unfriendly :(
Written October 11, 2020
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