Hamburg's oldest still existing historic warehouse is home to an extensive maritime exhibit.
Maritime Museum in Hamburg
The International Maritime Museum Hamburg starts with the story of a little boy who grew up to be an avid collector of all things nautical. Peter Tamm (1928 - 2016) collected everything about maritime history since he was a child. At the age of five years, whenever he was too sick to leave his bed, his mother brought him a miniature ship as a gift. As if a switch was flipped, his collector's passion was sparked. Today, more than a million pictures, 100,000 books, countless oil paintings, 38,000 miniature ships, nautical instruments, uniforms, maps, telescopes, and everything else that is part of maritime history, form part of the treasure within the International Maritime Museum.
The museum, located in HafenCity Hamburg, opened its doors for the audience in 2008. The extraordinary collection is distributed over nine levels. Every collection tells its own story, like the world's largest bone ship collection: have a look yourself and visit level eight. Don't know where to start? Peter Tamm used to recommend his visitors to start at the top and work through the exhibition to the ground level. Besides the many exhibits, the modernistic museum has an educative approach as well. For example, on deck one you can use the ship simulator: By navigating a 300 metres long container ship you get to know the world’s largest ports such as Rotterdam and Singapore.
"You've got to be crazy", Peter Tamm confessed with a smile, as he commented on his passion.
In former times he travelled the world's oceans himself, writing for a local newspaper. He appreciated every single aspect of maritime history, but a special interest lied in deep-sea research. Visit level seven to dive into this thrilling topic.
More information & events can be found on the museum's website.
Koreastraße 1, 20457 Hamburg
Mon—Sun: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
U4 station “Überseequartier”
Bus number 6, station “Bei St. Annen”
Bus number 111, station “Osakaallee”