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PROTOTYP Auto Museum – tickets, prices, timings, what to expect

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The PROTOTYP Auto Museum in Hamburg is a veritable gold mine honoring the contributions and legacies of legendary people in the automotive world. 

Nestled near the UNESCO World Heritage Speicherstadt neighborhood and the Elbphilharmonie concert theater, this museum is a paradise for history buffs and enthusiasts.

This article covers everything you must know before booking tickets for PROTOTYP Auto Museum.

What to expect at PROTOTYP Auto Museum

Take a thrilling trip through the history of German sports and racing automobiles at PROTOTYP Auto Museum. 

Learn about the fascinating past of the race drivers and designers who revolutionized racing following the war. 

See one-of-a-kind prototypes, sports cars, race cars, and even contemporary formula cars that have had a lasting impression on the history of automobiles. 

Explore captivating exhibits, online resources, and hands-on activities like driving simulations and the “Audiobox.”


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Where to book tickets

Tickets for PROTOTYP Auto Museum are available online and at the attraction.

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

When you buy online, you can avoid the long queues at the attraction’s 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 Hamburg Auto Museum ticket booking page, select the number of participants and date, and buy the tickets.  

Once you purchase the tickets, they get delivered to your email address.

There is no need to get printouts of the ticket. 

You can show the e-ticket on your smartphone when you visit the attraction. 

PROTOTYP Auto Museum ticket price

For all adults aged 15 and older, the Hamburg Auto Museum tickets cost €12.

Children aged four to 14 years pay a discounted price of €5 for entry.

Attendants of disabled visitors get free entry to the museum.

PROTOTYP Auto Museum tickets

PROTOTYP Auto Museum tickets
Image: Prototyp-hamburg.de

With this ticket to Auto Museum, see vintage cars like the Porsche Type 64 from 1939, modern Formula One racing cars, and other classics and rare models!

This ticket gives you access to all permanent exhibitions in the museum. 

However, access to temporary exhibitions is not included in this ticket. You can purchase them onsite.

This is not a guided tour, so you can explore the museum at your own pace.

You can use the cloakroom and lockers with a deposit of €1. 

Remember not to bring large bags, umbrellas, and tripods to the exhibition area.

Cancellation is possible until 72 hours before you visit the attraction.

Ticket Prices

Adult Ticket (15+ years): €12
Child Ticket (4 to 14 years): €5
Infant Ticket (up to 3 years): Free

Automuseum PROTOTYP + Hamburg Dungeon

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Distance: 1.4 km (.86 mile)
Time Taken: Four minutes by car

Combo tickets are a great way to score discounts.

This combo ticket gets you access to the Automuseum PROTOTYP in Hamburg and the Hamburg Dungeon.

The Hamburg Dungeon uses live actors and narrative to delve into dark history, while the Prototyp’s collection of historic cars on display traces the history of autos.

Buying the combo ticket saves money over buying individual tickets and allows you to enter both attractions at a 5% discount.

Families or parties with a variety of tastes will find this combination experience suitable.

Ticket Cost: €37

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How to reach PROTOTYP Auto Museum

The Auto Museum PROTOTYP is in the heart of Hamburg’s historic Speicherstadt district.

Address: PROTOTYP Auto Museum, Shanghaiallee 7, 20457 Hamburg, Germany. Get Directions

You can opt for public and private transport to reach the attraction.

By Bus

The bus stop Koreastraße (Bus number 111) is just one minute’s walking distance from the attraction.

By Subway

The U-Bahn subway is the nearest subway station to the museum. 

By Car

Turn on your Google Maps and get started if you’re traveling by car.

There are enough parking garages around the attraction.

Opening hours of PROTOTYP Museum

The Auto Museum in Hamburg is open from 10 am to 6 pm Tuesdays to Sundays.

On Mondays, it remains closed.

The last entry to the museum is an hour before closing.

How long does the tour take

A complete tour of the PROTOTYP Auto Museum takes one to two hours. 

However, your degree of interest in vintage vehicles and racing history and how much time you want to spend appreciating the exhibits and interactive displays will all affect how long your visit lasts.

Since the tickets are not timed, you can stay as long as you want.

Best time to visit Auto Museum, Hamburg

Best time to visit Auto Museum, Hamburg
Image: Prototyp-hamburg.de

The best time to visit the PROTOTYP Auto Museum is at 10 am as soon as it opens. 

The museum is less crowded on weekday mornings, especially mid-week. 

Weekends and public holidays are crowded.

Auto Museum reviews

Hamburg Auto Museum is a highly-rated tourist attraction.

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

Loved it

Amazing museum. I was impressed with the cars and all the information. I’m definitely a petrolhead and a car lover, so this was on my Hamburg to-do list. It’s very close to the center. I wish they had more variety in the souvenir shop.

SashaCalinescu, Tripadvisor

Worthwhile visit

If you have time, this is worthwhile. Nice and well-documented collection of Porches and VWs. Go there and enjoy the ride! 

RB, Tripadvisor 


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FAQs about Automuseum PROTOTYP

Here are a few frequently asked questions about the Auto Museum in Hamburg.

Where can I purchase Automuseum PROTOTYP tickets?

Tourists can buy tickets for the Auto Museum online or at the venue on the day of their visit. For the best experience, we suggest you book your tickets online, in advance.

Is there a time limit for how long I can stay in the museum with my ticket?

There is no time limit for those with tickets to the Automuseum PROTOTYP. They can visit the place at their own pace from 10 am to 6 pm.

Is the museum wheelchair accessible, and are there facilities for visitors with disabilities?

The Automuseum PROTOTYP has lifts and ramps for wheelchair accessibility. Accessible parking spaces and facilities are provided as special accommodations for guests with impairments.

Is photography allowed in the Automuseum PROTOTYP?

Yes, photography is permitted in the museum. However, tripods are not allowed, considering the safety of visitors.

Are dogs allowed inside the PROTOTYP Automuseum?

Dogs are not allowed in the museum.

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