Altonaer Museum

The Altonaer Museum was founded in 1863. It is one of the largest regional museums in Germany and presents the cultural history of Northern Germany with a focus on the development of the Elbe region around Altona, Schleswig-Holstein and the coastal areas next to the North Sea and Baltic.

What's on

Opening hours

Welcome to the Altonaer Museum!

Monday 10 am - 5 pm

Tuesday closed

Wednesday - Friday 10 am - 5 pm

Saturday & Sunday 10 am - 6 pm

Permanent exhibitions

Opening hours

Monday 10.00 - 17.00

Tuesday closed

Wednesday - Friday 10.00 - 17.00

Saturday - Sunday 10.00 - 18.00

Public holidays

The museum is closed on 24th / 25th December, 31st December and 1st January; on all other public holidays the Altonaer Museum is open from 10.00 – 18.00.


The Altona Museum is barrier-free. Wheelchairs are available to disabled visitors free of charge, and barrier-free lifts lead to all exhibition rooms and the library.


Find here more information about the archive and options for visits.

Our Protective Measures

you can find here. 


8,50 € for adults

6 € for groups of more than 10

5 € for vocational college students over 18, students under 30, apprentices and trainees, job seekers, social security recipients, young people doing voluntary work in their gap year.

Contact for photography

Elke Schneider
Tel. 040 428 135-1488


Stiftung Historische Museen Hamburg
Altonaer Museum
Museumstraße 23
22765 Hamburg

Tel. 040 428 135 0

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Our services

Eat & drink


In the new museum café, visitors and guests can relax and enjoy homemade cakes and tarts, "Franzbrtchen" and hearty treats as well as a changing lunch table.

Opening hours:

Monday - Sunday 9.00 - 18.00



The museum shop in the Altonaer Museum has a rich assortment of books, postcards and toys for children and adults, matching the themes of the house.

Opening hours

Monday 10.00 - 18.00
Closed on Tuesday
Wednesday - Sunday 10.00 - 18.00



The library of the Altonaer Museum is a reference library open to the public with a collection of approximately 80,000 volumes, the oldest of which date back to the 18th century. There are 16 seats available for visitors in the reading room.

Off-site facilities


Heine House

The main building, mockingly called the “Offending Palace” by Heinrich Heine (1797-1856), was demolished in 1881. Fortunately for us, the garden house of this stately home, purchased by Hamburg banker and philanthropist Salomon Heine (1767 – 1844) at the beginning of the 19th century, was preserved.


Jenisch House

The neoclassical country house built by Hamburg Senator Martin Johan Jenisch 1831 – 34, stands in its own extensive park next to the Elbe and, with much of its original interior intact, it gives us a vivid impression of the grand lives led by well-to-do Hanseatic merchants in the middle of the 19th century. The upper floors are now used for special exhibitions, mostly covering art or architecture from the early 19th century or about the relationship between landscape design and architecture.