Visiting Museums in Hamburg

Art, history, photography, and architecture... Find out how to make the most of the museums in Hamburg and throughout northern Germany using various discount passes...

There are a range of discount passes and tourist cards available in Hamburg, providing discounts and reduced entrance fees.

In most Hamburg museums entry is free for children up to 17 years. This was made possible by generous private sponsors until 2008; thereafter, the Hamburg Museums Foundation (Museumsstiftung Hamburg) did not reintroduce fees.

Hamburg Card

The Hamburg Card is a tourist card allowing free public transport and reduced entry fees to many institutions and venues, including all Hamburg museums. The card is available for Hamburg City only, or as a Hamburg Card plus Region, which includes Hamburg and its metropolitan area.

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The Kunstmeilenpass is valid for one year and is available at museum counters in the five participating museums. Each museum can be visited once, and special exhibitions are included. The pass can be combined with the Hamburg Card for further reductions. Five important museums featuring exhibitions of visual arts, photography, applied arts and design belong to the Kunstmeile:

Hamburg Museums

There are many museums in Hamburg and the surrounding region; below is a selection of just a few:

Bucerius Kunstforum

This is an international art forum hosting four rotating exhibitions per year, from ancient to modern times, accompanied by events and debates. It has become one of the finest addresses for art enthusiasts and hosts outstanding exhibitions. The most visited were Frida Kahlo (2006), Edward Hopper (2009) and William Turner (2011).

  • Bucerius Kunstforum
    At: Rathausmarkt 2, 20095 Hamburg
    Tel: 040 360 9960
    Open: Daily from 11:00-19:00; Thursday until 21:00 during exhibitions
    Public transport: U3, buses to Rathhausmarkt


The Deichtorhallen is a collection of art exhibition halls located near the Hauptbahnhof. The Northern hall is dedicated to contemporary artists and features paintings, sculptures and projects, often especially developed for events. The Southern hall features exhibitions of international photography artists, historical photography, young photographers and digital artists. A third exhibition venue is located in the Phoenix factory halls in Harburg, housing the Falckenburg Collection (Sammlung Falckenberg). To visit this collection a tour must be reserved in advance.

  • Deichtorhallen
    At: Deichtorstraße 1-2, 20095 Hamburg
    Tel: 040 321 030
    Open: Tuesday to Sunday 11:00-18:00
    Public transport: All trains and buses to Hauptbahnhof

BallinStadt - The Emigration Museum

This museum is located in the original emigration halls in Veddel, south of the city of Hamburg. The exhibition illustrates emigration history from Europe to the Americas throughout the centuries. Searches for emigrant ancestors in the museum's genealogical database can be made on the premises.

  • BallinStadt - The Emigration Museum
    : Veddeler Bogen 2, 20539 Hamburg (Veddel)
    Tel: 040 319 791 60
    Open: Daily 10:00-18:00 (16:30 in winter)
    Public transport: S-Bahn 3 and 31 to Veddel-BallinStadt station, five minutes from Hauptbahnhof

Hamburger Kunsthalle

An art museum of national relevance, the Hamburger Kunsthalle houses a permanent collection of old masters and modern art and regularly hosts special exhibitions in three buildings. The permanent collection has paintings and sculptures organised in the following sections: Old Masters, 19th Century Modern Art, Contemporary Art, Media Collection, Prints and Drawings.

  • Hamburger Kunsthalle
    At: Glockengiesserwall, 20095 Hamburg
    Tel: 040 081 011 3399
    Open: Closed on Mondays; Tuesdays to Sundays 10:00-18:00; Thursdays until 21:00
    Public transport: All trains and buses to Hauptbahnhof

KZ-Gedenkstätte Neuengamme

A memorial and exhibition centre located on the historical site of the Neuengamme Concentration Camp, the largest in northwest Germany during World War II. There is a variety of exhibitions and events and the grounds are accessible at all times.

  • KZ-Gedenkstätte Neuengamme
    At: Jean-Dolidier-Weg 75, 21039 Hamburg
    Tel: 040 428 131 500
    Open: Monday to Friday 09:30-16:00; weekends during summer 12:00-19:00, winter until 17:00; closed 24 and 25 December, 31 December, 1 January
    Public transport: S-Bahn to Bergedorf (S2/S21), then bus 227, 327

Miniatur Wunderland

This is a new museum which is home to the world's largest model railway. It shows the trains and landscapes of Hamburg, America, Austria, France, Italy, Scandinavia and Switzerland, as well as airports and harbours. The exhibition is still growing. Privately managed, it has become a major attraction for residents and tourists, both children and adult. Online booking is advised because queues can be long.

  • Miniatur Wunderland
    At: Kehrwieder 2-4, Block, 20457 Hamburg (Speicherstadt)
    Tel: 040 300 6800
    Open: Hours vary depending on the day and season; it is advisable to check online (English version available)
    Public transport: U3 station Baumwall