BallinStadt Emigration Museum Hamburg

BallinStadt Emigration Museum Hamburg

BallinStadt Emigration Museum Hamburg
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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 - 4:30 PM
About
More than five million people emigrated to the New World via the Port of Hamburg between 1850 and 1934. The stories of their lives are brought to life at BallinStadt. Historical exhibits, multimedia stations, the backdrop of a bustling market in the New York of the 1920s, and much more will make this a breath-taking journey for visitors. Pls see our website for the current opening times!
Duration: 1-2 hours
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4.0 of 5 bubbles337 reviews
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Daniel G
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Well laid out museum, full of lots to look at and to read. Tons to learn about the emigration from eastern Europe, through this site in Hamburg, to the U.S. As a Jew and son of an immigrant from eastern Europe, I found the Jewish angles fascinating: the Jewish director of the shipping company (Mr. Ballin), as well as the large percentage of the immigrants who were Jewish. Highly recommended!
Written 7 May 2024
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JavaMama58
Denmark2,370 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Over rated. 3 buildings, only #2 has anything one can consider an exhibit. Elmo in bldg 1 and a bunch of pictures & suitcases. Bldg 3 has a small display of Ballin’s office, the cafe and a gift shop. What little display in Bldg 2 wasn’t really much. Also the displays write up ONLY in German. Using the QR code information drains the phone battery like crazy and using google translate was frustrating.
Written 3 December 2023
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yinah
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
First time going there and it was amazing! scary and fun at the same time, we’ll come back again next year.
Written 29 October 2023
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LLP1
Bloomingdale, IL41 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
It is wonderful that this emigration station has been preserved and houses related exhibits.

Like other emigration museums, this one provides the historical context of emigration/migration as a normal human phenomenon. However, I would like to have seen more context about earlier periods of travel from the port of Hamburg and not just that limited to this station. I would also have appreciated some kind of orientation to where the older stations stood on the river.

While I appreciate the museum's attempt to provide an audio guide, I have to say that it provided limited help. Germany is visited by many international visitors and in keeping with that fact, the museum should embark on a plan to meet the needs of these patrons as well as the local community and provide full translations of all exhibits. I am giving the museum a rating of "3" but would have gladly given a higher rating had I been able to access the exhibits more fully.
Written 12 October 2023
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Destination519576
East Greenbush, New York12 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Sadly this museum disappointed me. I understand it used to be better. It’s a too glossy high level look at our ancestors arduous trip. There’s a strange Sesame Street exhibition that I’m guessing has more to do with money than history. No workable attempt to provide English translations. If this subject is at all important to you it will be a waste of your time.
Written 5 October 2023
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David P
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
If you don´t read German fluently DON¨T GO.
No proper cover in other languages which for an Emigration museum seems ironic.

To call it an Emigration Museum is overstating what is on display as 90% of museum is dedicated to covering Hamburg to Ellis Island route. Maybe Hamburg-USA emigration museum?

I tried to leave my comments at reception/ visitor´s book but was asked to write a Google review.

Good Museum in some ways but very disappointing in others.
Overpriced.

Written 12 September 2023
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Hello, it's a pity that you didn't like the visit to our museum so much. Taste is always very personal - and that is good and right. However, we have to disagree with you on your specific points of criticism. Our museum focuses on the topic of migration from the 16th century onwards. The part of emigration via Hamburg to the world (and especially to the USA) in the 19th century plays a special role, of course, because we are located at the historical site of this story. However, we also deal significantly with the history of migration itself. Why do people migrate from a to b, which reasons drive them, why is migration important in the social context? We answer all these questions in the exhibition. You are right that our exhibition texts are in German - so for our English-speaking guests we keep booklets with all contents. There is also an audio guide in English, Polish and French. Our price is also in the normal range compared to other museum.
Written 4 October 2023
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Emmanuel Scerri
Canton of Fribourg, Switzerland42 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
More testimonies and interfaces in English or in bilingual format would have been nice. Great collection that is worth a visit nevertheless. Easily accessible and a bargain price. Welcoming and pleasant facilities. Competent staff.
Written 20 August 2023
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Europelover2014
Chicago, IL3,536 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
I had been looking forward to this visit since I didn't have time available on my previous trip to Hamburg. I enjoyed the first of the three exhibition buildings, but not so much the 2nd and 3rd.

The first building is a history of BallinStadt including the man, Ballin, and his vision for a city for those waiting to immigrate and the buildings and experience of the émigrés. This was quite interesting. The posted information is in German, but we used the audio guide in English. This mostly satisfied us although there were artifacts in building 2 that had no English explanations available.

The 2nd building was a general intro and consideration of immigration. I didn't particularly enjoy much of this. The material was appropriate for a late grade school or middle schooler, perhaps ages 11 - 13, who had not considered the what, whys, how's, and impacts of immigration through the centuries. Several exhibits tended to "preachiness" and political correctness that rather alienated me. Nonetheless, I applaud the museum for taking on the topic as extensively as it did, If I had been traveling with children, I would have discussed the issues with them.

I never figured out Building 3 - an exhibit of Sesame Street. I never watched it nor did my children.

Cafe was a nice spot to relax. The computer access to Ancestry was not working when I tried. Oh well. I have used it from my library at home. I appreciate that the museum makes the records available.
Written 22 July 2023
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LAD
Bussum, The Netherlands95 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nice visit to this museum (first time) and lovely friendly lady of Welsh origin at the front desk. I should have come prepared with mobile device to listen to the English audio or there should have been audios available as practically all of the information is in German, which was a shame. Also a large group of school kids there when I arrived so not always possible to view some elements in peace though they were very well behaved. Really interesting collection of artifacts. Friendly staff in the restaurant next door.
Written 16 August 2022
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Ivar
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Eventing is in German. Only some audio things are in english. Which seems very ignorant for a museum on migration. Very disappointed.

If you don’t speak german it is not worth the effort nor money.
Written 28 May 2022
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Dear Ivarbla, thanks for your evalution which we absolutley can not understand or accept. It is right that the texts in the exhibition are in german but we provide all texts in textbooks you can get for free at the reception. Also we have an english audioguide which cover almost all texts. We never got nay complaint about this service. We are sorry that you did not have the expierience you expected but we think that 1 out of 5 is not fair.
Written 29 May 2022
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