The Spice Museum Hamburg, founded in 1991 by Uwe Paap, is one of the city’s most popular attractions.
Opened as a small yet primitive spice museum in Richardstrasse Street, it was moved to a warehouse in the Speicherstadt warehouse district – a UNESCO world heritage site – in 1993.
The museum allows visitors to smell, touch, and taste more than 50 spices, whose uses and effects are also shown.
More than 900 displays spanning the last five centuries give an insight into spices’ cultivation, harvesting, processing, and transportation.
Table of contents
- What to expect at Spice Museum Hamburg
- Where to book tickets
- How do online tickets work
- Spice Museum Hamburg ticket price
- Hamburg Spicy’s Museum tickets
- How to reach Spice Museum
- Opening hours of Spice Museum in Hamburg
- How long does the tour take
- Best time to visit Spice Museum
- Reviews of Spice Museum
- FAQs about Spice Museum in Hamburg
What to expect at Spice Museum Hamburg
The exhibits at the Spice Museum range from traditional grinding mills and vessels to aesthetic spice boxes and containers from different cultures.
A key focus of the exhibition is the role played by the spices in the history of Hamburg, the warehouse district, and seafaring.
One of the prominent features of the museum is its dedication to preserving and displaying the tools, equipment, and techniques used since ancient times in the spice industry.
The old sieving, dosing, mixing machines, tamping works, roller mills, transport carts, and indigenous containers depict the fascinating story of herb and spice processing.
Not only do the visitors learn about the history of spices, but they can also appreciate the craftsmanship and artistry that has been a part of their preparation and presentation.
The museum also offers special events such as lectures, cooking demonstrations, and literary readings.
Where to book tickets
You can buy Spice Museum Hamburg tickets online or at the venue.
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
Go to the Spicy’s Gewuerzmuseum booking page, select the date and number of tickets, 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 and get admission tickets at the box office.
Spice Museum Hamburg ticket price
Spice Museum tickets for adults aged 15 and above are available at €6.
Children between four and 14 years can gain entry at a discounted price of €3.
Infants aged three years and below can enter for free.
Hamburg Spicy’s Museum tickets
In addition to gaining entry into Spicy’s Gewuerzmuseum, these tickets provide complimentary access to an audio guide in German, English, and French.
This audio guide can be easily accessed through a dedicated app on your smartphone or tablet.
With this ticket, you can also see the warehouse that houses the museum.
While adults can titillate their taste buds with Pepper spice samples, children can enjoy the yummy gummy bears.
You must show your voucher at the ticket counter and get a printed ticket before starting the tour.
You also get an option of free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.
Adult Ticket (15+ years): €6
Child Ticket (4 to 14 years): €3
Infant Ticket (up to 3 years): Free
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How to reach Spice Museum
Spice Museum is located in a historic warehouse in the heart of Hamburg’s old Speicherstadt and is just a stone’s throw from the Elbphilharmonie.
Address: Am Sandtorkai 34, 20457 Hamburg, Germany. Get Directions.
You can reach this attraction both by public and private transport.
Bus no. 6 will help you reach the attraction. The nearest bus station is Am Sandtorkai.
You can take the U3 to reach this attraction. The nearest station is Baumwall station.
If you’re traveling by car, turn on your Google Maps and get started.
There are enough parking garages around the attraction.
Opening hours of Spice Museum in Hamburg
Spice Museum is open all year, including Sundays and public holidays, from 10 am to 5 pm.
However, the museum is closed from December 22nd to December 25th.
On New Year’s Day, the museum opens only at 11 am.
The last entry to the museum is an hour before closing time.
How long does the tour take
It takes 90 minutes to have a complete experience of the Spice Museum in Hamburg.
However, as the Spicy’s Museum ticket has no time limit, you can explore as long as you want.
Best time to visit Spice Museum
The best time to visit the Hamburg Spice Museum is when it opens at 10 am.
An early-hour tour helps you experience the attraction more conveniently. You also get to take as many pictures as you want!
Plan a visit to this attraction on weekdays rather than weekends for the same reason.
The museum starts getting crowded in the afternoon, and between 1 and 3 pm, the Spicy’s Museum witnesses its peak crowd.
If you can’t make it early in the morning, the next best time to visit this attraction is after 3 pm.
Reviews of Spice Museum
Spicy’s Gewuerzmuseum is a highly-rated tourist destination.
Check out two Hamburg Spice Museum reviews we selected from Tripadvisor, which give you an idea of what to expect at this attraction.
Smells and flavors
Really enjoyed my visit to the Spice Museum last Monday. Very informative regarding the sourcing, picking, drying, and transporting spices from various parts of the world. You could also try the different spices, and the entrance fee supplied a sample of black pepper. It was a very unique experience that I enjoyed.
Very interesting and educational
We were served a lovely snack while the owner explained a lot of things about spices, where they come from, and their various healing effects. The whole setup is made with lots of love and enthusiasm. I really enjoyed my visit.
FAQs about Spice Museum in Hamburg
Here are a few questions visitors frequently ask about the Spice Museum.
You can buy tickets for the attraction online or at the venue. However, we suggest you book your tickets online in advance to save time and have the best experience.
Yes, the museum houses a spice shop with several spices, herbs, books, recipes, and posters.
No, visitors cannot bring their food and drinks into the attraction. However, the museum has a cafe where you can buy snacks and beverages.
As the warehouse is very old, there is one staircase to get to the second floor (Spice Museum) and no elevator. However, the area inside the museum does not have barriers, so using a stroller or wheelchair is not a problem as long as the stairs can be overcome beforehand.
Considering the premises’ nature, taking pets to the Spicy’s Museum is legally forbidden.
Yes, photography is allowed at the attraction. However, flash photography is not permitted in certain areas of the museum.
Yes, the Spice Museum’s rooms can be booked for exclusive openings upon request.
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