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Panoptikum, Hamburg

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Open for more than a century, Panoptikum holds court as the oldest wax museum in Germany. Get up close to more than 120 figures, including political ones like Barack Obama, religious ones like the pope, and personalities from art and music, such as the Beatles and Mozart. Popular culture is represented, too, with characters like Harry Potter. A separate section holds the museum's original works, designed to educate people with displays about widespread diseases. This section is kept separate for those who would prefer not to see graphic displays. Unlike many museums of this kind, flash photography is permitted. Take a look at our Hamburg vacation planning tool to schedule your visit to Panoptikum and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Wax figures that look almost like real, never made, also the descriptions and the whole drumherrum, and should the walk man of the stories told to borrow with anyway, there is a historical experience for themselves here in any case...
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  • We were at the exhibition today and we very liked. The price of admission is €6.50 for an adult moderate. Well, we liked the descriptions that the audio-guide to the figures provided. We've learned to back one or the other new. The tour was very entertaining and was interesting until the end.
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  • Thisn is an old fashionjed type of wax museum - a bit like a smaller version of Madame Tussaud's before it became super trendy. This museum has people who had to do something to become famous or of hi...  more »
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  • Very nice, I had a great time there in an cold November day, there are very interesting things to see and to learn about the life of some famous people and important historical figures. The personnel spoke English and there are audio guides which I found very fine
  • Nice! You can spend about an hour there, it's pretty cool to see. It's also recommended for kids and the price is okay for what you get. The people working there are very nice and encourage you to take a lot of photos. I also felt a little unwell seeing all the Nazi-Idiots, but the display of the Scholls next to them helped scoping with the dark part of Germans history. After all, it is Germanys history and since these figures are kind of historic themselves it is alright in my point of view. I did not encounter any negative responses from other visitors - none of them took photos of the nazi-bastards - and of course not any selfies. I understand that people might get upset specially when they have a personal feeling to the Nazi-Idiots, but I guess it would be even more wrong to hide this dark part of history.
  • The location is great however after a while there you get an atmosphere of death, horror, dirtyness and nazis too.
  • Good wax works. Not that many though. But not bad value for the money paid for entry.
  • This place is DISGUSTING! Let me describe the situation we encountered there last Saturday. We went in, because we thought that it would be a good place to finish our walk around Sankt Pauli. The entrance price was fine, the personnel spoke English and gave us a free audio guide, so we didn't expect anything bad. However, we were sooo wrong! As soon as we got to the second floor, we saw that there is a scene with all the Nazis and other dictators from WW2 and people were taking group photos with them! We felt really saddened about this, especially my boyfriend since he still (!) has some Jewish family members. Afterwards we decided to leave this place, so we got downstairs to return the audio guide at the counter. As I was waiting for my turn, a man from the group taking photos with the Nazis was making his way to the exit and he yelled "Heil Hitler!! either at me or at the museum's employee! I am not sure whether he overheard the conversation I had with my boyfriend, or whether he was "just racist" towards the museum's employee, as she seemed to be Eastern European (Romanian?). This was such a terrible experience, it feels so surreal,. Nobody said a word to this guy! This whole situation left me just wondering about this place - why would you place waxworks of Nazis and collect entrance fee, but you won't place there any waxworks of Holocaust victims if you really want to work with this topic??? Why won't you build a scene with the gas chambers of Auschwitz if you are so willing to earn money with this wrecked ideology??? And please say to your employee that we felt really bad about the whole situation, we were too shocked to talk to her or to stay in that place any second longer! And to the prospective visitors: DON'T GO TO THIS PLACE!

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