Historic Museums Hamburg Foundation

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The Historic Museums Hamburg Foundation one of the largest city and regional historic museum complexes in Europe. With more than five million objects from past centuries in their collections, the foundation’s museums provide an impressive opportunity to tell the history of the Hanseatic City of Hamburg, to show both national and European aspects and to see the city in its international context.

German Port Museum

 With the new German Port Museum, the international museums landscape will be gaining a prestigious museum for the commercial and economic history of Germany’s largest port.

Modernisation plans


Development boost for the Historic Museums Hamburg

One of the most important aims of the foundation is to provide visitors to the individual museums with the best possible quality of stay through high-quality exhibitions, innovative event formats and modern, barrier-free facilities. This will require a series of modernisation measures in the coming years which will include both structural and conceptual improvements. With the help of Federal Government funding as well as funds of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, the Historic Museums Hamburg Foundation can now get started on a full scale modernisation of the Museum for Hamburg History, the Museum of Work, the Jenisch House and the Altonaer Museum.

Venue hire

Every one of the wide variety of museums run by the Historic Museums Hamburg has its own distinct character and premises. That means a whole range of unusual venues and spaces is also available for lectures, congresses, events and private occasions.

Science and research


Educational activities for adults and children


In addition to collecting, carrying out research and preserving our cultural heritage, one of the most important roles for all museums is to educate. The different sites of the Historic Museums Hamburg are all particularly focused on giving visitors of all ages an insight into different aspects of history and culture.


Museum Service Hamburg


A total of 22 Hamburg museums now benefits from the central visitor service run by the Museum Service, which also coordinates museum education programmes at the Altonaer Museum, the Museum for Hamburg History, the Museum of Work and at their branches in the Port Museum and the Jenisch House.