What are the origins of Hamburg, what happened to the Hanseatic League and how did the HafenCity district evolve? All these questions and more are answered in the Hamburg Museum. The museum opened in 1922 as the Museum of Hamburg History and has since been able to amass the largest permanent city exhibition in Germany.
The historical tour of the Hamburg Museum leads from the Middle Ages to the present day, covering how the small fort Hammaburg turned into one of the biggest and most important ports in Europe. Numerous exhibits on shipping, port and emigration, bourgeois home decor, fashion and culture help make the rich history more comprehensive. But apart from the major exhibits covering the past 1,200 years, there are also annual exhibitions, museum festivals, events and Hamburg’s largest model railway to see and attend. The railway is especially interesting for train enthusiasts, as there are regular showings of how train traffic between the Hamburg Main Station and Hamburg Harburg operates. Additionally, a big courtyard under a massive glass dome makes the building one of the finest and most coveted event venues in Hamburg.
The Hamburg Museum can be visited Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm and on Sundays between 10am and 6pm. The museum is closed on Mondays as well as selected holidays. To get there, take subway number U3 to St. Pauli station, from where it’s only a short walk to the entrance.