List of museums and cultural institutions in Hamburg

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Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte in 1930

The city of Hamburg, Germany is home to several museums, galleries, theatres and other cultural institutions. In 2009, 50 state and private museums, 31 theatres, 6 music halls, and 10 cabarets were located in Hamburg proper.[1] This list contains the most famous or well-regarded organizations.


Several foundations and organisations in Hamburg coordinate the events and exhibitions for most museums. Events like the Long Night of Museums (Lange Nacht der Museen) — during which the establishments remain open late into the night, seeking to introduce new individuals to the cultural institutions—are promoted by the Museumsdienst Hamburg.[2] The ticket include only one fare for all museums and the public transport provided by the Hamburger Verkehrsverbund. In 2009, 42 museums and exhibition halls participated, with more than 600 events and exhibitions, and the cost was €12, reduced €8. More than 30,000 people attended.[3][4]


Art Gallery (Kunsthalle Hamburg)
      Museum participates at the event Long Night of Museums.[2]
German name Translation Date[Note 1] Location[Note 2] Notes Website
Kunsthalle Hamburg und Galerie der Gegenwart Art Gallery and Gallery of Contemporary Arts (English)
Bucerius Kunst Forum (English)
Haus der Photographie
House of Photography
(and exhibition hall for contemporary art)
Ernst-Barlach-Haus 1962 Othmarschen (English)
Erotic Art Museum Erotic Art Museum closed
Museum für Kunst und Kultur an der Elbe
Othmarschen [Note 3] (German)
Johannes Brahms Museum 1971 (English)
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg Museum of Art and Industry Hamburg 1874 (English)

History and culture[edit]

Front view of the Museum of Ethnology in 2007
      Museum participates at the event Long Night of Museums.[2]
German name Description Date[Note 1] Location[Note 2] Notes Website
Afghanisches Museum Culture and cultural history of Afghanistan 1998 HafenCity (English)
Alstertal-Museum Historical and cultural information of the area 1957 Wellingsbüttel (German)
Altonaer Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Art and cultural history of Northern Germany [Note 3] (German)
Archäologisches Museum Hamburg Archaeological Museum of Hamburg, the southern neighbouring counties and the History of Harburg [Note 3] (German)
BallinStadt - Auswandererwelt Hamburg
BallinStadt - The Emigration Museum
Emigration via Hamburg (1850–1934) 2004 Veddel (English)
Biozentrum Grindel und Zoologisches Museum Zoological museum 1843 (1969) (English)
Cap San Diego Museum ship 1986 St. Pauli
Deutsches Zollmuseum History of German customs 1927 (1993) (German)
Internationales Maritimes Museum Hamburg Naval history, model ships, naval uniforms and maritime art HafenCity (English)
Museum der Arbeit People's history and industrialization in Hamburg 1985 [Note 3]
[Note 4]
Museum für Kommunikation Hamburg History of communication 1937 (1966) (German)
Museum für Völkerkunde Museum of Ethnology 1879 (English)
former: Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte
Museum of Hamburg history 1892 [Note 3] (English)
Museum Elbinsel Wilhelmsburg 1907 (German)
Museum Godeffroy 1861–1885 Closed
KZ-Gedenkstätte Neuengamme Memorial at Neuengamme concentration camp Neuengamme (English)
Rickmer Rickmers Museums ship, windjammer 1987 St. Pauli
Speicherstadt Museum History of the Speicherstadt, tea and koffee trade [Note 3] (English)
St. Pauli Museum 2005 St. Pauli (German)
Stettin Museums ship, steam icebreaker in the museum port of Oevelgoenne Othmarschen (German)
WasserForum Water in Hamburg, history and services Rothenburgsort (German)


Museum der Arbeit main building
      Museum participates at the event Long Night of Museums.[2]
German name Translation Date[Note 1] Location[Note 2] Notes Website
„Die Dachbodenbande“ Attic caboodle HafenCity Toy museum (German)
Spicy's Gewürzmuseum Spice museum 1991 HafenCity partly (English)
Astronomiepark Hamburger Sternwarte
and Schmidt-Museum
Bergedorf (German)
Hafenmuseum Port museum (German)
Hamburg Dungeon [1]
Hamburger Schulmuseum Hamburg Museums for Schools (German)
Hamburger SV Museum 2004 (German)
KL!CK Kindermuseum Children's museum (German)
Miniatur Wunderland 2001 HafenCity Rail transport modelling (English)
Prototyp – Personen. Kraft. Wagen. HafenCity Car museum (English)

Gardens and parks[edit]

View of Planten un Blomen
German name Translation Date[Note 1] Location[Note 2] Notes Website
Arboretum Lohbrügge Lohbrügge
Botanischer Garten Hamburg Botanical garden of Hamburg Osdorf (German)
Botanischer Sondergarten Wandsbek
Planten un Blomen

Performing arts[edit]


      State owned
German name Description Date[Note 1] Location[Note 2] Notes Website
Hamburgische Staatsoper Opera
Beatlemania Hamburg Devoted to The Beatles 2009 St. Pauli (English)
Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Philharmonic hall HafenCity Under construction
Laeiszhalle Philharmonic hall and concerts of popular music
Neue Flora Musicals 1990 (German)
(TUI Operettenhaus)
Musicals St. Pauli
Theater im Hafen Hamburg Musicals (German)


In 2005/6, 4.2 mil. visits to a theatre were counted in Hamburg, 2,380 visits per 1000 inhabitants, so Hamburg had more visits then Bremen (920) and Berlin (920). The average for the German states were 420 visits.[5]

Hamburger Kammerspiele front view in 2005
Postcard of the Hansa-Theater in 1900[?]
      State owned theatres.
German name Description Date[Note 1] Location[Note 2] Notes Website
Altonaer Theater
DAS SCHIFF Theatre ship 1975 (German)
Deutsches Schauspielhaus St. Georg
English Theatre 1976 (English)
Ernst-Deutsch-Theater 1951
Hamburger Kammerspiele 1918 (German)
Hansa Theater Vaudeville theatre, with acts from Josephine Baker (in 1930) and Siegfried & Roy (in 1964). Closed 2001–2009.[6] 1894 St. Georg (German)
Imperial Theater Theatre playing detective fiction 1994 St. Pauli
Komödie Winterhuder Fährhaus Comedy 1854
Winterhude (German)
Monsun Theater Theatre for children
Neues Theater am Holstenwall
Ohnsorg-Theater A theatre in which the actors speak Low Saxon (but they speak Missingsch-infused German for national television broadcasts, since Low Saxon is not comprehensible to most German speakers)[citation needed] 1902 (German)
Rote Flora 1888–1953[?] Closed
Theater Allee
Theater für Kinder Theatre for children
Theater Imago
Theater im Zimmer 1948–1999 Closed
Theater in der Basilika
Thalia Theater 1843 (German)
Thalia Gaußstraße 2000 (German)
Schilleroper 1891 Closed
Schmidts Tivoli
and Schmidt Theater
St. Pauli
St. Pauli Theater 1841 St. Pauli

Libraries and archives[edit]

Old part of the state library

In 2006, 39 public libraries extisted in Hamburg, organised by the foundation Bücherhallen Hamburg,[7] more than 20 academic libraries, and several special or museums libraries.[8] 7.9 media per inhabitant were borrowed from the public libraries. Therefor Hamburg, after Bremen (9.0), were ranking at the top of the German states.[9]

There are also four main archives.[10]

German name Translation Date[Note 1] Stock of books Location[Note 2] Notes Website
Bücherhallen Public libraries 1.6 mil. Public (German)
Norddeutsche Blindenhörbücherei und Centralbibliothek für Blinde Library for the blind 1905 5,000 Public (German)
Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg Carl von Ossietzky State and university library 1751 3 mil. Academic (German)
German name Translation Date[Note 1] Location[Note 2] Notes Website
Staatsarchiv Hamburg State archive 1710 (German)
Hanseatisches Wirtschaftsarchiv Hanseatic archiv for economy 2008 (German)
Archiv des Erzbistums Hamburg Archiv of the Roman Catholic Church in Hamburg (German)
Archiv des Hamburger Instituts für Sozialforschung Archiv of the institution ot sozial studies (German)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Creation or opening date. If two dates are given the first date is for a preceding organisation or institution.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Borough or quarter in Hamburg proper (Street if article existing).
  3. ^ a b c d e f Museum cooperates as Stiftung historische Museen Hamburg (Foundation of historical museums of Hamburg)
  4. ^ An Anchor Point of ERIH, The European Route of Industrial Heritage


  1. ^ "Tourism and culture in Hamburg". Retrieved 2009-03-24. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Lange Nacht der Museen" (in German). Der Museumsdienst Hamburg. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 
  3. ^ "Die lange Nacht der Museen" (in German). Norddeutscher Rundfunk. 2009-05-16. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 
  4. ^ "Von Indianern, Wikingern und dreirädrigen Oldtimern" (in German). Hamburger Abendblatt. 2009-05-18. Retrieved 2009-08-27. 
  5. ^ Kulturindikatoren auf einen Blick, p. 11
  6. ^ Susanne Abolins-Aufderheide (2009-03-02). "Hansa-Theater - Varieté seit 5. März 1894" (in German). Norddeutscher Rundfunk. Retrieved 2009-08-27. 
  7. ^ "Wir über uns" (in German). Retrieved 2009-08-27. 
  8. ^ "Hamburger Bibliotheken" (in German). University of Hamburg. Retrieved 2009-08-27. [dead link]
  9. ^ Kulturindikatoren auf einen Blick, p. 10
  10. ^ "Bibliotheken und Archive" (in German). Retrieved 2009-08-27. [dead link]

Kulturindikatoren auf einen Blick (in German), Wiesbaden: Statistische Ämter des Bundes und der Länder, 2008, ISBN 978-3-937396-13-2