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.
We are open!
We are happy to reopen our museums (18 May 2021) and ask you to follow our guidelines for protection against SARS-CoV-2. You are allowed to visit our exhibitions as there is plenty of space to keep the distance. Unfortunately we cannot offer guided tours or other events in our museums. The museum cafés will stay closed for safety reasons.
NOTE: From Saturday, May 22nd, 2021, the mandatory test will no longer apply.
Hamburg History Tour
The entire first floor of the museum is devoted to a tour of Hamburg‘s vibrant history from the city’s beginnings in the small 9th century settlement Hammaburg until today. The exhibition provides fascinating insights into the development of the city and its economy, harbour and trade.
The association Modelleisenbahn Hamburg e.V. (Mehev) operates a historical model railway in the scale 1:32 (Track 1). It is one of Europe’s largest and oldest model rail systems.
Hamburg in the 20th Century
The exhibition presents the wide-ranging events and developments from the period of the Kaisers to the eve of our new millennium. Here, you will see how political change influenced the living environment and everyday lives of the people of Hamburg.
Jews in Hamburg
This exhibition shows the moving and eventful history of the city’s Jewish inhabitants over the last 400 years: the difficult beginnings around 1600, the arduous emancipation process they went through until they gained legal equality in the late 19th century, and the golden age during the Weimar Republic. It also tells us how Jewish people were persecuted under National Socialist rule and how today’s com- munity was re-established after 1945.
Fashion, Music, Art and Theatre
This exhibition area focuses on cultural life in Hamburg from the 17th century until today. Elegant garments and accessories of wealthy Hamburg citizens from the 18th and 19th centuries as well as the colourful fashion of the 20th illustrate the changing fashion trends and social Zeitgeist in Hamburg.
Decorated ceilings, wall panels and illusionist mural paintings – the collection presents original objects of historical home culture which were saved from destruction and installed in the museum. Rooms in classicist, Biedermeier and historicist interior design offer insight into the residential culture and artistic tastes of eminent Hamburg citizens.
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.
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.
€ 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 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
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.