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Museum of Hamburg History, Hamburg

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Founded in 1839, Museum of Hamburg History gives great insight into the history of the city of Hamburg and the role it has played throughout history. Make your way through the museum to see exhibits on daily life and culture in Hamburg from the Middle Ages onward. You'll also learn about important events and developments in the city, such as maritime trading, the role of the church, emigration, the fire of 1842 that destroyed a great deal of the city, and much more. The museum houses many models and dioramas, including a well-known railway model that helps visitors visualize and understand the past. Make Museum of Hamburg History a centerpiece of your Hamburg vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Hamburg trip planner.
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  • Lovely museum! The exhibition takes you around the different historical and cultural changes that the city of Hamburgh went through. Detailed explanations in both English and German made it easy to...  more »
  • This is a fantastic museum and provided us a very welcome and thorough introduction to Hamburg not long off the plane. I love museums that have life-size set ups of old pubs, shops, and other rooms...  more »
  • I think I understand one or two of the previous comments about the museum lacking a coherent narrative, but that was not my experience. Different galleries do seem a little disjointed and it would be....  more »
  • Don't miss the Museum for Hamburg History! The receptionist was so sweet to me - thank you! Very interesting to learn the history of Hamburg with great model depictions of the growth of the city through the ages and important maritime history. Respect that it acknowledges the inconceivable period of the Holocaust which I hope it develops more. It would be great to also document the Hamburg people (like my Mummy) who helped save their Jewish friends and (from Hamburg friends, I heard, whose parents) subtly sabotaged arms manufacture.
  • From early to current times - there is a lot packed into that building. Prepare to spend the whole day there. We spent a half day there and missed a lot... the guards had to chase us out and push us out. ☆ ;)
  • Really good museum which charts the history of the city over 1000 years. Beautiful building with a cloakroom and cafe. The staff are friendly and informative. Remember to see the model railway.
  • Very informative about Hamburg in last two hundred years. Covers everything from fortification for 30 years war, North Sea trade, colonial trade, emigration tides, big steam ships, to NS control and modern development.
  • If learning about the historical importance of the City of Hamburg is fascinating for you, I highly suggest going. Also if you're a nautical history nerd or just really like trains, model trains, ships, old City design, naval history, or anything similar. I would suggest saving at least an hour and a half or more to explore all the sections and floors. Personal tips would be to check out the restaurant/cafe in the museum as I found it to be quite decent for it's price, plus you get to enjoy a great view of the glass roof over the entire building. As of writing this review, a gluten free option there is the curry wurst although I would always ask if it's still true or if there are more GF options.

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