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Museum of Hamburg History (Hamburgmuseum)

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Neighborhood: St. Pauli
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Address: Holstenwall 24, 20355 Hamburg, Germany
Phone Number: 49 040 42841 2380
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

The hamburgmuseum (or hm), also known as Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte...

The hamburgmuseum (or hm), also known as Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte ("Museum for Hamburg History"), is a history museum located in the city of Hamburg in northern Germany. The museum was established at its current location in 1922, although its parent organization was started in 1839. The museum was named hamburgmuseum in 2006. It is located near the Planten un Blomen park in the center of Hamburg.

The museum has many artifacts from preserved by the Society of Hamburg History founded in 1839. The Petri portal from Hamburg's St. Petri Church, built in 1604, was built into the museum courtyard.

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Main attraction is the railway model upstairs, but this is done better in miniaturstad. What remains is actually quite interesting history of Hamburg, well researched

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 12, 2016
LE v
Hamburg, Germany
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Oslo, Norway
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There is quite a few good models in this museum, but in other respects a museum on the average. We had a good time attending the model railway "show". There are audio guides in English and in German, which is a good thing. Our expectations for the jewish history section were quite high, but we were disappointed. There were many... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016 via mobile

Very poor experience. Clearly run by civil servants. My partner felt faint in the lobby area but we had checked in the bags with our water. The cloakroom attendant refused to give back the bags as we wanted to retrieve our water. I explained. She said we could have the water back but would have to stand there and drink... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016 via mobile

An average museum. Provides a succinct review of major events and culture that helped the city grow. Model train room on top floor is fun, doesn't run all the time, only at designated times. Recreated rooms of baroque and victorian age merchant houses also interesting.

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Hamburg, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

Main attraction is the railway model upstairs, but this is done better in miniaturstad. What remains is actually quite interesting history of Hamburg, well researched

Thank LE v
Kuopio, Finland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

Nice museum in a fabulous building. Not excessively large so it doesn't take all day. Courtyard was closed when visited. Maybe next time then. Miniature railroad was fun to observe, especially after hard study of old paintings. Air raid shelter in basement topped the trip.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2016

It is located at the subway train station St. Pauli. We went on a rainy day but I would recommend this for any day to anyone who is visiting Hamburg and wants to learn about the city. It is set up chronologically and they have very interesting and relevant artifacts that give you a good idea of the city, the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016 via mobile

Sure, this is the go-to museum to learn about Hamburg and its history. But what's even more exciting (at least for me) was the fact that it houses a lovely model train landscape, replicating parts of Hamburg. No, this is not the "Miniaturwunderland", don't get me wrong! This is - maybe to put it into perspective - the less capitaliam-oriented... More 

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Romford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2016

Although I initially planned to visit the art gallery that it was partially closed for renovation I then decided to visit the Museum of Hamburg History and at the end of my visit I was really happy and enthusiastic about it. It is a very thorough and extensive museum and it covers the history as well as some interiors of... More 

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Dulles, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2016

Great place for newcomers to learn the history of their new home. We enjoyed it, the layout was nice, the atmosphere was good, they have kids programs and a nice cafe for a quick espresso.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

This could be a superb museum and I found parts really interesting, but from the get-go we were confused about where the exhibits started in relation to the audio guide and couldn't find our way. Retracing our steps to the rather grumpy chap at the front desk was no help either, so we rather muddled our way around until we... More 

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