International Maritime Museum

International Maritime Museum

International Maritime Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Learn about the history and future of shipping, and Hamburg’s importance, at this tremendous museum. Artifacts include ship models, paintings, uniforms and nautical devices.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Lisa G
    Aurora, Indiana593 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting
    We enjoyed our visit here and pent about 2 hours. There are loads of miniatures, paintings and other items associated with maritime history. The focus is on Germany and western maritime history but there is information from around the world. The didactics are mostly bilingual althoug there are some that weren't translated.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 7 July 2023
  • LuxTraveller
    300 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting museum
    We spent around 3 hours but you could spend longer. We started at the top and worked down. I would suggest going the floors you are most interested in as there are lots of things ti see. They could do with translating more into English as it would help with the understanding. Overall would recommend
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 July 2023
  • Europelover2014
    Chicago, Illinois3,546 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much more than expected!!
    I agreed to visit only because this was a choice of my traveling companion. I ended up loving every minute and wanting more! We spent around 3 hours. I would have been happy to have spent the entire day; there is so much variety. I would suggest taking the elevator to the top floor and working your way down the stairs. If time is limited, choose those areas of special interest. I loved the miniatures collection on the top floor. I had thought this would be boring, but I kept saying "This is amazing!" The variety of ships, the variety of construction methods, the execution - all remarkable. Additional favorites of mine were the various historical displays. The displays of seascapes were also very enjoyable for the art-lover in me. Next time in Hamburg, I'm allocating an entire day!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 July 2023
  • David N
    Hawthorne, California4,388 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    ⭐️🌟 ⭐️ You Will Be Amazed ⭐️🌟 ⭐️
    It is hard to comprehend how extensive the exhibits are in this museum, covering 3,000 years of shipping history depicted across 9 floors and 12,000 square meters of space. I am not even interested in maritime history and I was fascinated by this museum. It really knocked my socks off. I was there for 3 hours and I wish I had allocated even more time. I was rushing at the end. There are more than 50,000 miniature ships here. Imagine that! I recommend having a large lunch and then spending the entire afternoon here. Take your time to really soak in all of the detail and amazing variety of artifacts and eras.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 July 2023
  • Alex M
    Nottingham, United Kingdom73 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A vast and highly enjoyable museum
    In hindsight, I wish I'd budgeted a lot more time to see this museum, as there's 9 floors of amazing material. Admittedly, you won't need to spend an equal amount of time on each floor, but the range of topics covered (early ships, types of sails, explorers, compass designs, living on a ship, flags and pennants, etc.) is vast. If you're into naval stuff, then this is a must see; even if not, there's still bound to be something you'd like. In terms of kids, there were certainly kids around and they seemed to be enjoying themselves - however, there's a lot of detailed information and whilst some sections would be of interest (a whole floor of models at the top) other bits would probably be too much for them.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 24 August 2023
  • Josie Iino
    Cambridge, United Kingdom605 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    5 stars; world-class museum
    I am not a big fan of seafaring, or anything nautical themed, really, but I still thought this museum was one of the best I have ever encountered. The layout is nine floors (decks); each offer something different or unique. My favourite part of the museum is on the ninth floor, wherein minature ships and dioramas of naval battles and ports are located. It is absolutely extraordinary! There were gorgeous paintings, antiques from all over the world, a Lego ship larger than myself and two friends combined - something for all ages. It was entirely comprehensive; an exhibition on famous voyagers, the evolution of ship-building, underwater exploration... and a hundred more things I am forgetting. It was really a divine experience and something I would happily spend all day in, and come back to on another trip.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 1 September 2023
  • NemoTraveler
    Aarhus, Denmark694 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Shipping Museum
    The IMM is located in a beautifully restored warehouse in the so called HafenCity area, close to the historic harbor area. Paid parking is available in nearby parking garages, but a better option may be to use the excellent public transportation in Hamburg. The museum was founded about 20 years ago by a number of German companies and foundations, most of them within the shipping industry. Peter Tamm senior played an important role in establishing the museum, and his impressive donations of exhibits are the backbone of this impressive museum. Trade and shipping have always been important to the city of Hamburg and this museum is a definitely a worthy representative. In total nine decks of exhibits are on show and it is possible to spend many hours here, but also necessary to make some choices. A must see is the brilliant and very impressive Lego model of Queen Mary 2. A well stocked gift shop, a bistro, and a café are also available and we really enjoyed our visit here.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 September 2023
  • Lauro A
    Curitiba, PR36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Part of my family history in this great museum.
    We went to Hamburg to know the port our great grandfather used to leave Europe to move to Brazil with his family. This museum was a great experience to understand the context they were in the time they decided to immigrate. Understanding this context make you understand the courage they had to have to get the whole family in a ship trying to find a better place to live.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 April 2024
  • GemsNI
    Armagh, United Kingdom640 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Huge amount of artifacts and miniature models!
    This was a huge 9 stories of artifacts relating to ships, life on the sea, exploration, science, maritime artwork, machinery relating to engines/turbines etc. and of course, lots and lots and lots of ship models (Hamburgers seem to love miniature models!) Very interesting, there are stools that you can carry around to use, i would recommend as this place is massive. You would need a full day if you wanted to read everything! Not all written information is in English.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 May 2024
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GemsNI
Armagh, UK640 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This was a huge 9 stories of artifacts relating to ships, life on the sea, exploration, science, maritime artwork, machinery relating to engines/turbines etc. and of course, lots and lots and lots of ship models (Hamburgers seem to love miniature models!)
Very interesting, there are stools that you can carry around to use, i would recommend as this place is massive. You would need a full day if you wanted to read everything! Not all written information is in English.
Written 5 May 2024
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8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
It was a large museum and the theme was interesting. However, I was expecting a little more in-depth display of many aspects of maritime life. What surprised me was that it seemed that more than half of the museum consisted of miniature ship models.
Written 26 April 2024
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Lauro A
Curitiba, PR36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
We went to Hamburg to know the port our great grandfather used to leave Europe to move to Brazil with his family. This museum was a great experience to understand the context they were in the time they decided to immigrate. Understanding this context make you understand the courage they had to have to get the whole family in a ship trying to find a better place to live.
Written 6 April 2024
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Hardygirl
Edinburgh, Scotland66 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
I am sure the Maritime museum in Hamburg is very interesting. Unfortunately my friend and I did not get the chance to see anything! When we arrived on Friday February 9 there was a small notice pinned to the door saying they were closed because of a conference. We had walked through very bad weather to get there so went in to see if we could at least use the facilities. We were met by a very rude man who far from apologising almost pushed us out of the door denying us any access to the facilities!
Written 10 February 2024
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Andrew M
6 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We had high hopes for a family visit to the museum. Sadly it didn't go as well as hoped. The museum itself is wonderful. My kids loved it and we all found lots of interesting displays. Unfortunately the vibes we got from some of the staff was very strange. One lady aggressively suggested that I should make sure my kids didn't touch the glass that was around the displays. Kids will always touch the display glass to get a better view. That's what kids do. They did no damage apart from leaving a few finger prints! It's an occupational hazard for museums. We also visited the display that allowed visitors to experience piloting a cargo shop. Although impressive to look at, nothing was really happening. My 8 yr old son,with me beside him flicked a switch on the "ships" control panel to try to get the ship to move. Unfortunately, this switch turned off the entire display. It was a total accident. An elderly gentleman who looked after the display came running at my some shouting angrily at him in German. It was ridiculous. My kids are well behaved. If they aren't, ill control them. We got stared by the security lady for the rest of our visit, including when my wife went to the toilet. I'm very disappointed that our visit went this way. A very strange experience in the end.
Written 7 December 2023
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PiratesofCroydon
London, UK177 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
This is a world best in Maritime museums. I have been to 867 cities and visited every museum on some of the cities. This is like the London science/Greenwich museums in one place.
Written 27 November 2023
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NemoTraveler
Aarhus, Denmark694 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
The IMM is located in a beautifully restored warehouse in the so called HafenCity area, close to the historic harbor area. Paid parking is available in nearby parking garages, but a better option may be to use the excellent public transportation in Hamburg.

The museum was founded about 20 years ago by a number of German companies and foundations, most of them within the shipping industry. Peter Tamm senior played an important role in establishing the museum, and his impressive donations of exhibits are the backbone of this impressive museum.

Trade and shipping have always been important to the city of Hamburg and this museum is a definitely a worthy representative. In total nine decks of exhibits are on show and it is possible to spend many hours here, but also necessary to make some choices. A must see is the brilliant and very impressive Lego model of Queen Mary 2.

A well stocked gift shop, a bistro, and a café are also available and we really enjoyed our visit here.
Written 15 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Josie Iino
Cambridge, UK605 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
I am not a big fan of seafaring, or anything nautical themed, really, but I still thought this museum was one of the best I have ever encountered. The layout is nine floors (decks); each offer something different or unique. My favourite part of the museum is on the ninth floor, wherein minature ships and dioramas of naval battles and ports are located. It is absolutely extraordinary! There were gorgeous paintings, antiques from all over the world, a Lego ship larger than myself and two friends combined - something for all ages. It was entirely comprehensive; an exhibition on famous voyagers, the evolution of ship-building, underwater exploration... and a hundred more things I am forgetting. It was really a divine experience and something I would happily spend all day in, and come back to on another trip.
Written 1 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Alex M
Nottingham, UK73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
In hindsight, I wish I'd budgeted a lot more time to see this museum, as there's 9 floors of amazing material. Admittedly, you won't need to spend an equal amount of time on each floor, but the range of topics covered (early ships, types of sails, explorers, compass designs, living on a ship, flags and pennants, etc.) is vast. If you're into naval stuff, then this is a must see; even if not, there's still bound to be something you'd like. In terms of kids, there were certainly kids around and they seemed to be enjoying themselves - however, there's a lot of detailed information and whilst some sections would be of interest (a whole floor of models at the top) other bits would probably be too much for them.
Written 24 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

keen72762
Vancouver, Canada278 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Wow you need a day here or a half day but definitely a lot of time (and a love for ships). My son and husband very much enjoyed.
Written 17 August 2023
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