Museum of Work

More than any other location in Hamburg this listed building complex exemplifies Hamburg’s industrial culture and heritage.The key landmark is T.R.U.D.E., the former cutter head from the world’s largest tunnel drilling machine, which was used during the construction of the fourth tunnel of Hamburg’s Elbtunnel.

What's on

Opening hours

Welcome to the Museum of Work!

Monday 10 am - 9 pm

Tuesday closed

Wednesday - Friday 10 am - 5 pm

Saturday & Sunday 10 am - 6 pm

Permanent exhibitions

Opening hours

Monday 10.00 - 21.00
Tuesday closed
Wednesday - Friday 10.00 - 17.00
Saturday and Sunday 10.00 - 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.

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.

Guided tours: ticket plus 2 €

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 der Arbeit
Wiesendamm 3
22305 Hamburg
directly opposite Barmbek U/S-Bahn station

Tel. +49 (0) 40 428 133 0

Getting here

By S-/U-Bahn: U3 and S1, S11 to Barmbek. The museum is located directly opposite the station.

Getting here

By S-/U-Bahn: U3 and S1, S11 to Barmbek. The museum is located directly opposite the station.

Our services

Eat & drink


The factory café offers a small, changing lunch every day. In addition: delicious salads, with a small selection of antipasti, grilled paninis, changing cakes and tarts or desserts. And an espresso or cappuccino - is there a better way to spend a break?



In the museum shop you can by a wide range of attractive items, including many that tie into the current exhibitions, ranging from books to postcards, decorative pins and enamel signs.
The museum shop is located on the ground floor of the main exhibition building.


A specialist library on the social history of Hamburg from 1800 to the present day is to be found in the Museum of Work. Their stock of 35,000 books and more than 100 current newspapers facilitates research into key topics such as the history of work and the development of certain sectors, companies and professions.

Off-site facilities


Port Museum Hamburg

The Port Museum Hamburg is located in the free port on the last remaining ensemble of quay sheds being today under preservation order. The structure of the quay was built 100 year ago and once ensured the optimal handling of goods between the ship moored to the quay and the traffic on land. 


Warehouse District Museum

Since UNESCO inscribed the Speicherstadt or Warehouse District, together with the Chilehaus and the Kontorhaus District, in the list of World Heritage Sites in July 2015, there has been growing public awareness of the world’s largest historical warehouse complex on an international level. The Speicherstadtmuseum – Warehouse District Museum – provides visitors from all over the world with an insight into this extraordinary district and its history.