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Hamburg Emigrants' Museum - Ballin City
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100 years ago Hamburg's Emigration Halls were the last refuge in Europe for many emigrants. 3 buildings have been reconstructed in the Veddel neighboorhood and they now serve as a museum showing the history of the emigrants.
  • Interactive main exhibition
  • Free family research
  • 2,000 sqm. exhibition space
  • Includes "Simmigrant”, a game for children
  • 1,500 original exhibits
IncludedEntry to the museum
Duration1 Day
CategoriesAttractions, Museums, Explore & Discover
LanguagesEnglish, German
Opening hours
RegionHamburg, Hamburg
Important informationLast entry: 1 hour before museum closes. Please note, the museum is closed on the 24th and 31st of December 2013, museum is wheelchair accessible


BallinStadt Auswanderermuseum
Veddeler Bogen 1, 20539 Hamburg, Deutschland
Parking place available
S-Bahn-Station Veddel

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BallinStadt Auswanderermuseum
20539 - Hamburg

Further information

A century ago, more than 5 million people migrated from Hamburg's Port to the New World looking for a new start in life to make money and to find hapinness. Before the last departure, “Hamburg's Emigrant Hall” was then called - the “Port of Dreams". 

A museum was built on the historic floor of the former halls. It consists of 3 buildings:

  • House No. 1: Lobby, information desk, ticket office, special exhibitions, start point for the “Simmigrant”, the emigrant's game
  • House No. 2: Main interactive exhibition 
  • House No.3: Reception at the Emigrant's hall, dormitories, family research, restaurant, shop

At the Emigrant's Museum the stories, wishes, dreams and hopes of emigrants will be brought back to life. Children visiting the museum can also become emigrants through the interactive "Simmigrant" game.

The award winning BalliStadt concept offers 2,000 sqm of exhibition space with interactive elements, multimedia experience stations and more than 1,500 original exhibits. Here you can learn everything you need to know about Albert Ballin, the founder of the former emigrant halls and namesake of the museum. 

Opening hours:

  • Daily
  • April to October: 10 am to 6 pm
  • November to March: 10 am to 4:30 pm
  • Last entrance: 1 hour before the museum closes
  • Please note that the museum will remain closed on June 13th, September 12th & 13th and December 24th & 31st of 2013.

In addition to the walk throught he exhibitions, visitors can also trail their own ancestors. Research for free the genealogical terminals of your family.

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