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International Maritime Museum Hamburg – tickets, prices, what to expect

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The International Maritime Museum Hamburg (IMMH) is the world’s largest maritime museum and offers an extensive view of the maritime world and its significance. 

The Maritime Museum is also known as the Academic Institute of Shipping and Naval History for its extensive collection of maritime-related models and artworks that elaborate on nautical history.

This article covers everything you must know before booking tickets for the International Maritime Museum in Hamburg, Germany.

What to expect at International Maritime Museum

The IMMH has around 40,000 maritime artworks and models. 

It also has one million photographs that depict the long history of maritime. 

This private museum also displays the collections of the famed German collector Peter Tamm. 

The collections at the museum include the Queen Mary II model, made out of a million Lego bricks, and a fun ‘steering wheel simulator’ where you can feel the joy of sailing. 

You can explore 360° perspectives on nautical history at the Maritime Museum.


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Where to book tickets

Tickets for the International Maritime Museum are available online or at the attraction.

Online ticket prices tend to be cheaper than tickets at the museum.

When you buy online, you can avoid the long queues at the ticket counters. 

Because some attractions sell a limited number of tickets, they may sell out during peak days. Booking early helps avoid last-minute disappointments

How do online tickets work

Visit the International Maritime Museum ticket booking page, select your preferred date and number of tickets, and buy the tickets right away.

Immediately after purchase, you will receive the tickets in your email.

Ticket printouts are not required. 

You can show your e-ticket on your smartphone at the entrance and enter the museum.

International Maritime Museum ticket price

Hamburg Maritime Museum tickets cost €17 for visitors aged 17 and above. 

High school and university students, pensioners, and severely disabled and unemployed people get a discount of €5 and pay only €12 for entry.

Family tickets for one adult and four children aged six to 16 cost €20, while tickets for a family of two adults and four children cost €36. 

Young visitors under the age of six years can enter the museum for free. 

International Maritime Museum tickets

International Maritime Museum tickets
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With this skip-the-line ticket to the Maritime Museum, you can learn Hamburg’s fascinating maritime history and even watch a time-lapse movie narrating how a giant ship is built. 

You can explore the ship models and construction plans displayed across nine floors.

Visit the museum anytime on your booked day, as there are no time restrictions.

The audio guide is available in English and German. However, it’s not part of this ticket.

You can pay €3.50 at the reception and get the audio guide.

Cancellation and rescheduling are possible until 11.59 pm the day before your visit.

Ticket Prices

Adult Ticket (17+ years): €17
Family Ticket (1 adult + 4 kids): €20 
Family Ticket (2 adults + 4 kids): €36
Infant Ticket (up to 6 years): Free

Hop-on Hop-off Harbor Tour + Maritime Museum

Hop-on Hop-off Harbor Tour
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Combo tickets are a great way to score discounts.

This combo ticket includes a Hop-on, Hop-off Harbor Tour of Hamburg and entry to the Maritime Museum. 

This 90-minute tour will take you on a fascinating exploration of Hamburg and allow you to experience the maritime world.

While booking this ticket, you can select an English or German-speaking live guide. 

Please note that you need to arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled slot.

Ticket Cost: €27

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How to reach the Hamburg Maritime Museum

The International Maritime Museum is in Elbtorquartier of the HafenCity quarter of Hamburg. 

Address: International Maritime Museum Hamburg Peter Tamm Sr. Foundation, Kaispeicher B, Koreastrasse 1, 20457 Hamburg. Get Directions

You can reach the attraction by public or private transport.

By Subway

The nearest bus stop is Überseequartier, 400 meters (almost ¼ of a mile) from the museum.

By Metrobus

You can take Metrobus line 2 from Schenefeld, Schenefelder Platz, and line 6 from Auf dem Sande (Speicherstadt) and get down at the Singaporestraße station, which is 250 meters (.15 mile) from the museum.

By Train

If you arrive at Hamburg airport, you can take the S1 S-Bahn (Hamburg’s suburban railway system) line towards Wedel and get off at Landungsbrücken station

It will take a 10 to 15-minute walk to reach the museum from the station.

By Bus

You can board bus number 111 and get off at Osakaallee station, 130 meters (.08 mile) from the museum.

By Car

Turn on your Google Maps to reach the museum 

There is a parking garage in Speicherstadt, which is a convenient option.

You’ll also find parking lots in HafenCity University.

Opening hours of the International Maritime Museum

The International Maritime Museum in Hamburg opens at 10 am and closes at 6 pm. 

The last admission is an hour before closing time.

The museum is open every day of the year, except on the 24 and 31st of December. 

How long does the tour take

A complete tour of the International Maritime Museum Hamburg takes around three hours.

You may need additional time to cover all the activities if you visit the museum during special exhibitions or monthly events.

Best time to visit the Hamburg Maritime Museum

Best time to visit the Hamburg Maritime Museum
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The best time to visit the Maritime Museum Hamburg is at 10 am as soon as it opens.

The crowd is at its minimum, which means you can take time exploring the exhibits and take better photographs. 

It starts getting crowded after 11 am, and between 12 and 2 pm, the Museum reaches its peak capacity.

If you can’t make it early in the morning, the next best time to visit Maritime Museum Hamburg is after 2 pm.

Reviews of Maritime Museum

Hamburg Maritime Museum is a highly-rated tourist attraction. 

Check out two Maritime Museum reviews we selected from Tripadvisor, which give you an idea of what to expect at this attraction.

Needs a full day to take in all ten floors!

Masses of exhibits, covering from over 1,000 years ago to the present day. Hundreds of meticulously detailed large model ships, plus anything and everything connected to sailing the seven seas – even a ship’s bridge simulator for adults and a smaller one for children. Keith W, Tripadvisor

An astonishing museum! 9 floors of wonders!

A very complete history of the sea, many different topics addressed (military, exploration, boat marking techniques). The whole museum requires at the very least three hours.

Thibaud P, Tripadvisor


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FAQs about Maritime Museum

Here are some frequently asked questions about the International Maritime Museum.

Can I skip the queue when I buy tickets to the International Maritime Museum online?

Yes, you can skip the queue when entering the museum with this ticket. You only need to show your e-ticket at the reception desk.

Can I give my Hamburg Maritime Museum tickets to someone else?

Yes, you can transfer your regular tickets to another person if you cannot visit the museum on the day you booked.

Are there any discounts on tickets available for students and senior citizens? 

IMMH has €5 discounts for students, senior citizens, the unemployed, and the severely disabled, provided they have the proper documents.

Are there any special tickets for tourists coming as a group? 

The special tickets at Hamburg Maritime Museum cost €12 per person for tour groups. 

Is the museum accessible to people with disabilities?

The International Maritime Museum Hamburg is accessible to all visitors. The museum has facilities and services for disabled people, including wheelchair access and accessible restrooms. 

Can we bring dogs to the International Maritime Museum? 

Dogs are not allowed in the museum. However, assistance dogs are permitted.

Are there any nearby restaurants in and around the museum?

Yes, there are many restaurants in and around the Maritime Museum in Hamburg. Alte Liebe Hafencity, Catch of the Day, and Strauchs Falco are some of the closest ones. 

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