Warehouse District Museum
Discover Hamburg's World Cultural Heritage! Grippers, bales of rubber, coffee-sacks, sampling implements, pure cocoa and spices: The Speicherstadtmuseum is located on an authentic floor of a redbrick warehouse that is over a hundred and twenty years old (from 1888) where typical goods and tools collected from traditional warehouse companies and business premises of the warehouse district are exhibited.
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.
NOTE: From Saturday, May 22nd, 2021, the mandatory test will no longer apply.
Warehouse District Museum / Speicherstadtmuseum
Huge rivets hold the iron supports of this historic warehouse together. Originally built in the year 1888, this is part of the very first construction phase of the world famous warehouse complex. If you want to know what makes the Warehouse District so special, then this is the place to visit.
The Warehouse District Museum belongs to the Foundation of Historic Museums Hamburg, but it was actually founded in 1995 by Henning Rademacher as a private branch of the Museum of Work, which has proved to be a very successful format. This is where you can find out about how the “quartermasters” used to store, sample and refine high quality imported goods such as coffee, tea, cocoa, spices, rubber or tobacco – and with all the samples on display here, you can experience this with all your senses.
Hamburg's UNESCO World Cultural Heritage
Guided walking tour
A guided walking tour through the Speicherstadt will give you an insight into the urban interaction of the Speicherstadt in direct contact with the new HafenCity and will focus on the history of the former free port district and its present role as part of Hamburg's UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. It will not only open your eyes to a wide range of details of the unique 19th century red-brick architecture, but is also a journey back in time that will make you perceive the authentic atmosphere of the former dockland area. The contrast of nature and technical perfection that complement one another, the power of the tides, the threat of storm-tides, the strength and the skill of the workmen are only some of the themes of the tour. To complete the impression the tour will also include the Speicherstadtmuseum.
Coffee and tea trade
This is where you can find out about how the “quartermasters” used to store, sample and refine high quality imported goods such as coffee, tea, cocoa, spices, rubber or tobacco – and with all the samples on display here, you can experience this with all your senses.
Formation of the Warehouse District
A lot of space is dedicated to the history of how the Warehouse District was planned and built. It all began in 1881 when the contract to join the German Customs Union was signed. In addition to photos of the Customs Union celebrations, you can also see the freshly crowned Emperor Wilhelm II on his ceremonial visit to Hamburg on 29 October 1888, and the original finely engraved bricklayer’s trowel which the monarch used to lay the keystone to celebrate Hamburg’s new membership in the German customs territory.
The warehouse as workplace
In the Warehouse District Museum typical goods and tools collected from traditional warehouse companies and business premises of the warehouse district are exhibited. This is where you can find out about how the “quartermasters” used to work.
November - February:
Monday - Sunday 10.00 - 17.00
March - October:
Monday - Friday 10.00 - 17.00
Saturdy and Sunday 10.00 - 18.00
Closed on Christmas Eve.
Christmas Day 12.00 - 17.00
New Year’s Eve 10.00 - 17.00
New Year’s Day 12.00 - 17.00
The museum is open from 10.00 - 18.00 on all other public holidays.
4,00 € for individual visitors
3,20 € for groups of more than 10
2 € (school) pupils
2,50 € for students under 30, apprentices and trainees, job seekers, social security recipients, young people doing voluntary work in their gap year.
Free admission for children under 6 years
We accept the following reduction cards: Hamburg Card, Niedersachsen or Schleswig-Holstein Ticket, Hamburger Ferienpass (holiday pass).
For groups, e.g. from nursery schools, we reserve the right to charge the reduce admission of 1,50 € per person for children under 6 years of age.
Warehouse District Museum (Speicherstadtmuseum)
Am Sandtorkai 36
Tel. 040 32 11 91
Fax 040 32 13 50
The Warehouse District Museum is a privately run branch of the Museum der Arbeit.