Hamburg Museums

(Hamburg, Germany)

Picture of central museum buildingWithin Hamburg are many appealing museums, housing important collections of various descriptions. For a spot of natural history, the Zoological and Botanical Museum (Zoologisches and Botanisches) is hard to beat, while the quirky Hamburg Dungeon has become known for its gruesome reconstructions, telling many stories of the past.

Tracing the city's evolution over the years, the Museum of Hamburg History is perfect for history buffs searching for an insight into days gone by. For others, the memorabilia within the St. Pauli Museum is equally appealing, where notable local events from the 20th century are clearly documented.

Hamburg Dungeon

Address: Kehrwieder 2, Block D, Hamburg, D-20457, Germany, DE
Tel: +49 040 3600 5500
If you like the spooky and sinister, then you will probably like this gruesome attraction. Ghastly explanations of some of the most horrid episodes in the city's history will have you trembling with fear during the guided tour of Hamburg Dungeon. Witness plague victims, Viking warriors attacking residents and the 1842 city fire tearing away at houses. If that's not enough to have you running out the door, then the stunning special effects must be doing their job.
Open hours: daily - 10:00 to 18:00
Admission: charge

Museum of Hamburg History (Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte)

Address: Holstenwall 24, Hamburg, D-20355, Germany, DE
Tel: +49 040 42841 2380
The Museum of Hamburg History traces the development of this city, from its establishment in the Middle Ages to the present, as well as expectations for years to come. Transport, commerce and the port are the themes most heavily focused on, but there are also some fascinating exhibits on other aspects of the city's overall character. Educational displays chronicle the city's two main disasters - the Great Fire of 1842 and the destruction brought on by WWII. Several city models and a life-size replica of a steamer complete the visit.
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 10:00 to 18:00
Admission: charge

St. Pauli Museum

Address: Schulterblatt 37, Hamburg, D-20359, Germany, DE
Tel: +49 040 439 2080
Illustrating the lively working-class life of St. Pauli district, this museum has now moved to the Schanzenviertel. By a sequence of displays and photographs, this attraction puts the focus on everyday people, as well as mentioning more well-known residents of the district. Objects from the famous Star Club, where the Beatles played some of their first gigs, are among the most interesting exhibits.
Open hours: daily - 11:00 to 16:00
Admission: charge

Zoological and Botanical Museum (Zoologisches und Botanisches Museum)

Address: Martin Luther King Platz 3, University (Univiertel), Hamburg, D-20146, Germany, DE
Tel: +49 040 428 38 2276
The Zoological and Botanical Museum is part of the university complex and contains many natural history exhibits, including stuffed bears, skeletons of enormous whales, fossils and countless impressive collections. This particular attraction is heralded as one of the finest museums of its kind within the whole of Germany.
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 10:00 to 17:00
Admission: no charge