Museum for Hamburg History

 The museum presents the history of the city – from Hammaburg to proud Hanseatic city when it was literally the “gateway to the world”. This is also where visitors can find out everything from the pirates of the 14th and 15th centuries to how the city developed into a modern metropolis and became one of the most important ports in Europe. The museum building was constructed on the site of the former Henricus Bastion, part of the baroque fortifications erected by Dutchman Jan van Valckenborgh between 1616 and 1625.

What’s on

Opening hours

Welcome to the Museum for Hamburg History!

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 to 17.00
Closed on Tuesday
Wednesday to Friday 10.00 to 17.00
Saturday and Sunday 10.00 to 18.00


Closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The museum is open from 10.00 to 18.00 on all other public holidays.

More informationen

Travel directions
U-Bahn Line U3, stop St. Pauli
Bus 112, stop “Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte”


The museum is largely barrier-free. In particular wheelchair users can visit most exhibition halls by elevator. Please consult our attendants.

Our Protective Measures

you can find here. 


€ 9,50 for individual visitors
€ 7 for group visitors (minimum 10 people)
€ 6 students (aged up to 30), apprentices/trainees, the unemployed, social security recipients, people with disabilities, FSJ

Free admission

Free admission for children and young people under 18, members of the press, carers accompanying a disabled visitor, members of the Deutsches Museumsbund, members of the foundation council and the board of trustees of SHMH, board members and foundation council members of the state museums, ICOM, BVGD, members of the Friends of the SHMH, members of the Verein für Hamburgische Geschichte, BBK, Verband Deutscher Kunsthistoriker


Stiftung Historische Museen Hamburg
Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte
Holstenwall 24
20355 Hamburg

040 428 132 100

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Our services

Eat & drink


Opening hours

Mondays 11.00 - 17.00
Closed on Tuesday
Wednesday 11.00 - 17.00
Thursday - Saturday 11.00 - 18.00
Sunday 10.00 - 18.00



In the Museum Shop, you can buy catalogues, books, brochures and DVDs on the history of Hamburg and the museum’s exhibitions. We also offer selected novels and children’s books by Hamburg writers as well as small products on the theme of Hamburg.


Shop checkout: Tel. 040 428 132 100



The museum library is a specialised library open to the public. It collects Hamburg literature in the broadest sense of the term, including publications on the city’s history, architecture, shipping, the harbour, transport, cultural history, the city quarters and about Hamburg personalities and families. 
Opening hours by agreement.




Off-site facilities


Kramer Widow’s Apartment

Travel back in time to the 17th century: This Kramer Widow’s Apartment, located in a narrow alleyway close to the Michel, feels just like a dolls-house, but is certainly very homely and cosy. Here, where tourists enjoy looking into Hamburg’s history today, was a home for grocers’ widows for almost 200 years.

Millerntor Guard House (Museum for Hamburg Oral History)

The neoclassical Millerntorwache, which was once part of the city walls, invites people to share their personal memories. In the Museum for Hamburg Oral History, contemporary witnesses to events both large and small can find a cosy place to tell their stories and to listen to others.