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Address: Veddeler Bogen 2, 20539 Hamburg, Germany
Phone Number: +49 40 31979160
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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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Great Museum, decide for yourself

Throughly enjoyed our visit to this museum, easily accessible on public transport. The posted guiding is in German but the English booklet included in admission charge contained a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 29, 2016
Kathy C
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Inverness, United Kingdom
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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

Well designed museum describing the process of emigration from Europe during the period of mass migration, but also dealing with questions of migration in the present. The museum is located in the former facilities of the Hamburg America Line, a shipping company deeply involved in transporting immigrants to the United States and other countries.

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Hamburg, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016

The museum has been renovated since my last visit and a lot of it is very interesting. However, I took 2 English friends and there is nothing in English, except a half a dozen audio conversations you can listen to as you go around about people's experiences and a booklet in English. However, we could not find most of the... More 

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016

Throughly enjoyed our visit to this museum, easily accessible on public transport. The posted guiding is in German but the English booklet included in admission charge contained a wealth of information on migration, immigration across the years with emphasis on 19th century travel to USA. Numbers linking guide to exhibits could have been a clearer and English audio would enhance... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016 via mobile

A very impressive and informative place. It informs about conditions of emigration to mainly the US early last century and how this exodus was organized in a quite human way. Further it holds the database of emigrants so that many great grand children of emigrants can find detailed information here where, when and how their ancisters started from Hamburg bound... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016 via mobile

Don't visit. The book in English doesn't line up with any of the exhibits. I wish I had my money back. The family research center is nothing more than 4 computers that have ancestory.com on it. That's it.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

It was an ordinary museum on emigration from Hamburg. Not a scratch on the Austwanderer in Bremerhaven. Really hard to be there on public transport - don't take the 34 bus from station as they will sting you for over 8 Euro because it's a ' first class ' bus! What !!! I've never heard anything more ridiculous. Just don't... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016

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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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