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BallinStadt - Port of Dreams

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Address: Veddeler Bogen 2, 20539 Hamburg, Germany
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More than five million people emigrated to the New World via the Port of...

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.

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Interesting museum but lack texts in English

Some of our relatives emigrated from Denmark to U.S. through Hamburg before 1900. We therefor went to this museum to experience how they left Europe for the new land in the West... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Olfred
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90 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Some of our relatives emigrated from Denmark to U.S. through Hamburg before 1900. We therefor went to this museum to experience how they left Europe for the new land in the West. The museum is a modem one giving an empathic view of the days when that happened. The major problem with the exhibitions is that it is almost exclusive... More 

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Topanga, California
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32 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

Just a couple of blocks from the S station at Veddel (S3 or 31) I spent about 2 hours going through the exhibits. Many of the personal letters and stories are fascinating. The Highlight for me was finding the passenger list of the ship my grandfather used to immigrate to New York in 1904 and see his name on it.

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Thank Gerlinde G
Southend on sea
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62 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

this emigration museum is fascinating. it shows that people have been emigrating for generations. the three emigration sheds have been rebuilt, but they do show what people had to go through. actually, albert ballin seems to have had humanity that was lacking in other emigration centres at that time and this is uplifting to discover. my friend and i had... More 

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Boliden, Sweden
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1,025 reviews
811 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 336 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017

Very modern, interactive and well displayed exhibitions. Captions are in German, but you can get a booklet in English, with all the information. Allow yourself 2-3h, if you are interested in checking the details. There are 3 halls to visit, with several rooms. There is a restaurant there. It takes 10 min to get there, from the center of Hamburg.

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BallinStadt, Leiter Öffentlichkeitsarbeit at BallinStadt - Port of Dreams, responded to this review

Dear Ana L, Thank you very much for your positive feedback! Kind regards, your BallinStadt team More 

Jerusalem, Israel
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17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
Reviewed 9 October 2016

Well designed museum describing the process of emigration from Europe during the period of mass migration, but also dealing with questions of migration in the present. The museum is located in the former facilities of the Hamburg America Line, a shipping company deeply involved in transporting immigrants to the United States and other countries.

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BallinStadt, Leiter Öffentlichkeitsarbeit at BallinStadt - Port of Dreams, responded to this review

Dear gershonbacon, Thank you very much for your positive feedback! Kind regards, your BallinStadt team More 

Hamburg, Germany
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2016

The museum has been renovated since my last visit and a lot of it is very interesting. However, I took 2 English friends and there is nothing in English, except a half a dozen audio conversations you can listen to as you go around about people's experiences and a booklet in English. However, we could not find most of the... More 

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed 29 September 2016

Throughly enjoyed our visit to this museum, easily accessible on public transport. The posted guiding is in German but the English booklet included in admission charge contained a wealth of information on migration, immigration across the years with emphasis on 19th century travel to USA. Numbers linking guide to exhibits could have been a clearer and English audio would enhance... More 

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Hamburg, Germany
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43 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

A very impressive and informative place. It informs about conditions of emigration to mainly the US early last century and how this exodus was organized in a quite human way. Further it holds the database of emigrants so that many great grand children of emigrants can find detailed information here where, when and how their ancisters started from Hamburg bound... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

Don't visit. The book in English doesn't line up with any of the exhibits. I wish I had my money back. The family research center is nothing more than 4 computers that have ancestory.com on it. That's it.

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2 Thank Matthew S
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80 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

It was an ordinary museum on emigration from Hamburg. Not a scratch on the Austwanderer in Bremerhaven. Really hard to be there on public transport - don't take the 34 bus from station as they will sting you for over 8 Euro because it's a ' first class ' bus! What !!! I've never heard anything more ridiculous. Just don't... More 

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