International Maritime Museum, Hamburg

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International Maritime Museum reveals the history and future of shipping with a collection of artifacts, model ships, and maritime art. Look for a 3,000-year-old dugout found in the Elbe River. Don't miss the reproduction of Sir Ernest Shackleton's lifeboat from his trans-Antarctic expedition. The replica was used in 2000 by the German explorer Arved Fuchs when he retraced the route. Captain your own ship on a simulator. An audio guide is available for an additional fee. Put International Maritime Museum at the forefront of your travel plans using our Hamburg holiday builder site.
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  • 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....  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • One of the best and most interesting museums I ever visited. The building is big but you can use lift and the museum is very well organized. Take a lift and start visiting from the last floor. Huge collection of ship models on every level. Nice collection of paintings. The building is interesting itself - the oldest warehouse of the warehouse district. Nice views from the windows. We spent about 2 hours there and visited all the floors. Perfect as a starting point of visiting the warehouse area or a place for a rainy day.
  • MUCH larger on the inside than it appears on the outside. I like that you can leave and return within the same day multiple times to eat, shop, relax, etc. I enjoyed looking at the medals of different navies, learning the science behind navigation and looking at some of the ancient maps. It’s beautiful.
  • Definitely the most impressive museum I have been in; I like the architecture that reminds me about something alphines, and I also like the exposition that was really nice with the mountains and all! Also the location is very unique;The current exhibit at the Swiss Alpine Museum is a collection of 100+ artworks depicting the alps. It is really excellent.
  • Best museum I have ever visited and my background is in heritage preservation and anthropology so I have seen a lot of museums.Beautiful building which houses 10 floors of what used to be a private collection. The layout, design, and thoughtful displays are amazing! Great children's section on every floor where kids can interact with displays.
  • This is possibly my favorite museum of all time. They cover everything from reed canoes to aircraft carriers, and the exhibits include engines, art, clothing, and thousands of to-scale models. Sailors, history buffs, and people who enjoy art will find this place worth the visit. There is plenty of information in English, and I thought the audio guide did add a little bit but it isn't entirely necessary. I bought a souvenir for myself from the gift shop and it makes me happy every time I look at it. This is a true gem of a museum.

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