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BallinStadt - Port of Dreams

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Address: Veddeler Bogen 2, 20539 Hamburg, Germany
Phone Number: +49 (0)40 / 3197916-0
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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More than five million people emigrated to the New World via the Port of...

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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Nice museum

This museum was easy to get to from the train station by Metro, and then a 5-10 minute walk. I went primarily because their web site indicated they had a research area and staff... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Susan S
Ottawa, Canada
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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum was easy to get to from the train station by Metro, and then a 5-10 minute walk. I went primarily because their web site indicated they had a research area and staff to assist in looking for one's German ancestors. Unfortunately this turned out to be a bank of 5 computer terminals tied into ancestry.com. Very disappointing. I... More 

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Norderstedt, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There have been past periods in history when hundreds of thousands of Germans citizens and other European citizens left their home country in hope of a better life — in some cases — but most of the people were forced to leave their homes and their country by factors such as war, poverty and famine and illness. Some of these... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016 via mobile

Considering the present continuing refugee crisis there could hardly be a more current theme to spend an afternoon on. The exhibit, in the restored buildings of the Ballinstadt complex built at the turn of the 20th century, does a great job of combining the history of this unique part of Hamburg with the general theme of migration. As a Canadian... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

I was moderately interested in seeing this museum, given that my great-grandmother had emigrated from Germany in the late 19th century. So I took the U-Bahn and a local train to the site, intending a visit. I had a brochure from the tourism office in Hamburg showing a 20% discount, but was informed that it was only good in September... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

A very interesting location especially for all those whose ancestors left from here heading for America around 1920 for immigration.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Interesting history of the northern european immigration. It is well made to also interest children and we understand the various migrations by country versus the historical events.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

I had great expectations for this museum but I thought it was average at best. None of the exhibits made an impression upon me. I expected to see more film and more personal stories of the people that immigrated. And the area where you can do some research at the end is nothing more than ancestry.com. At 12,50 euros, spend... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

The exhibition is sited in the remaining buildings of the centre created to cater for people emigrating to North and South America in the 19th and early 20th Century. The story is well told in both German and English. Perhaps there could have been a bit more in English but it does not take form the experience. Audio guides in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

I loved my visit here and to listen to the audio tour of various emigrates and their stories, and I was very furtunate to visit Ellis Island, New York a few months later and see where all these people from Hamburg had landed in the USA. The history of the Ballinstadt originates about a hundred years ago, when Albert Ballin,... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Visited in Sept. with adult family--all of us from the US. It was not busy at all, very open and welcoming. The fellow we purchased tickets from in the gift shop area did not speak much English, but had not problems. After buying tickets we stopped at the restaurant first to grab a bite & a beer. It has a... More 

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