Ticket for the Emigration Museum BallinStadt Hamburg

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Hamburg, DE
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Experience the history of immigration and emigration at the BallinStadt Hamburg Emigration Museum. Dive into an interactive exhibition housed in three impressive buildings on 2,500 sqm. Trace the footsteps of your ancestors in the family research center and learn about Albert Ballin, the founder of the emigration halls. This museum is for the whole family, with an interactive game for children and a museum rat guide for the little ones. Discover the motivations behind migration, from escaping war to seeking a new life filled with adventure and opportunity. Immerse yourself in the timeless stories of human longing and explore the fascinating world of immigration at the Emigration Museum BallinStadt Hamburg.

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  • Non Refundable There is no return, refund or cancellation possible with this product
  • Admission Included
  • 1 hours 30 minutes
  • Suitable for 1-15 Participants
  • Self Guided Experience & Audio Guided
  • Interactive exhibition on immigration and emigration
  • Free genealogy research in an international database
  • Interactive game for children to reenact emigration
  • Museum rat Jette leading children through the museum
  • Historical memories and stories of migration
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The Ticket for the Emigration Museum BallinStadt Hamburg offers a unique and captivating experience that combines history, culture, and adventure. This interactive museum takes visitors on a journey through the fascinating world of migration, shedding light on the stories, hopes, and dreams of those who emigrated to a new home.

What to expect?

When you book the Ticket for the Emigration Museum BallinStadt Hamburg, you can expect a 90-minute immersive experience that will transport you back in time. The museum features three houses spread across 2,500 square meters, each focusing on a different era of migration. From the hardships faced by emigrants in the 19th century to the motivations behind modern-day immigration, you'll gain a deep understanding of the universal human experience of moving to a new land.

Who is this for?

The Ticket for the Emigration Museum BallinStadt Hamburg is suitable for individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Families can enjoy the interactive game SIMMIGRANT, allowing children between 9 and 14 years old to embark on a virtual voyage of discovery. The museum also caters to younger visitors with Jette, the museum rat, who guides them through interactive exhibits. Whether you're interested in history, genealogy, or simply want to learn about the diverse stories of migrants, this museum is for you.

Why book this?

Book this ticket and immerse yourself in the rich and diverse history of migration. Step into the shoes of your ancestors and gain a deeper understanding of their hopes, dreams, and challenges. The BallinStadt Hamburg Emigration Museum offers a unique opportunity to connect with your own family history or simply learn about the universal human experience of migration. With its impressive setting, interactive exhibits, and a station for free genealogy research, this museum provides a truly captivating and enlightening experience.

Good to know

The Emigration Museum BallinStadt Hamburg is conveniently located in Hamburg and can be easily accessed from the meeting point at Veddeler Bogen 2. The total duration of the visit is 90 minutes, providing ample time to explore the exhibits and interact with the various educational offerings. Whether you're a history enthusiast, a genealogy buff, or simply curious about the stories of migrants, this museum is a must-visit destination in Hamburg.


Visitors to the Emigration Museum BallinStadt Hamburg have praised the museum for its immersive exhibits, informative content, and engaging activities. Many have expressed how the museum allowed them to connect with their own family history and gain a deeper appreciation for the struggles and triumphs of migrants throughout history. Overall, visitors have reported a high level of satisfaction with their experience, often describing it as eye-opening and thought-provoking.

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BallinStadt Emigration Museum Hamburg

Go on an exciting journey and experience the history of immigration and emigration over four epochs in the BallinStadt Hamburg Emigration Museum. In a total of three houses on 2,500 sqm, you will accompany people in our museum in Hamburg with all their wishes and dreams that they took with them on their way to a new home. Get to know Albert Ballin, the founder of the former emigration halls in Hamburg, and follow in the footsteps of your ancestors in the family research center of BallinStadt. The Emigration Museum BallinStadt Hamburg focuses on emigration via Hamburg (1850 1934) and the development of migration over four epochs at a historic location. Always accompanied by human longings, fates and stories. The The reasons for migration are still timeless. Escape from war, hunger and persecution or just simply a thirst for adventure, curiosity and the dream of a new (better) life were motivation for emigration then and now and thus also immigration.

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3.5 (35)

Daniel G

Well laid out museum, full of lots to look at and to read. Tons to learn about the emigration from eastern Europe, through this site in Hamburg, to the U.S. As a Jew and son of an immigrant from eastern Europe, I found the Jewish angles fascinating: the Jewish director of the shipping company (Mr. Ballin), as well as the large percentage of the immigrants who were Jewish. Highly recommended!


It is wonderful that this emigration station has been preserved and houses related exhibits. Like other emigration museums, this one provides the historical context of emigration/migration as a normal human phenomenon. However, I would like to have seen more context about earlier periods of travel from the port of Hamburg and not just that limited to this station. I would also have appreciated some kind of orientation to where the older stations stood on the river. While I appreciate the museum's attempt to provide an audio guide, I have to say that it provided limited help. Germany is visited by many international visitors and in keeping with that fact, the museum should embark on a plan to meet the needs of these patrons as well as the local community and provide full translations of all exhibits. I am giving the museum a rating of "3" but would have gladly given a higher rating had I been able to access the exhibits more fully.


If you don´t read German fluently DON¨T GO. No proper cover in other languages which for an Emigration museum seems ironic. To call it an Emigration Museum is overstating what is on display as 90% of museum is dedicated to covering Hamburg to Ellis Island route. Maybe Hamburg-USA emigration museum? I tried to leave my comments at reception/ visitor´s book but was asked to write a Google review. Good Museum in some ways but very disappointing in others. Overpriced.


More testimonies and interfaces in English or in bilingual format would have been nice. Great collection that is worth a visit nevertheless. Easily accessible and a bargain price. Welcoming and pleasant facilities. Competent staff.


Nice visit to this museum (first time) and lovely friendly lady of Welsh origin at the front desk. I should have come prepared with mobile device to listen to the English audio or there should have been audios available as practically all of the information is in German, which was a shame. Also a large group of school kids there when I arrived so not always possible to view some elements in peace though they were very well behaved. Really interesting collection of artifacts. Friendly staff in the restaurant next door.


Eventing is in German. Only some audio things are in english. Which seems very ignorant for a museum on migration. Very disappointed. If you don’t speak german it is not worth the effort nor money.

Jean M

Very interesting Museum, Richelieu documented and covering the emigration topic in depth. Good iconography, interesting museography. A booklet in English is available but the exhibition itself is 98% in German. Ticket unfortunately a bit too expensive. Still, well worth a visit.


Descendants of emigrants, particularly ones that left Germany for America, would be remiss if they visited Hamburg without checking out this museum. Particularly nice is the opportunity they give to use ancestry.com connection to search family records. This museum did not have English translations available everywhere. Nevertheless, there was enough, and with some working German, you shouldn't have problems. It is a bit of a hike walking from the city center, so it is advisable to take public transit to get there.


A very informative exhibition about BallinStadt itself and the topic of emigration in general. Attractively designed and with the right balance of background information and illustrations.


Actually an exciting topic in an exciting location, namely the original buildings of the former emigrant house. Unfortunately, the staff are very bored and the exhibition is very poorly prepared. The audio guide is spoken in machine language and simply repeats what you can read on the display boards. If you have the opportunity, visit the emigrant house in Bremerhaven instead! A much more exciting and interesting house!
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