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“The Emigrant Experience”

Deutsches Auswandererhaus
Ranked #1 of 32 things to do in Bremerhaven
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Owner description: In Europe’s largest and most modern theme museum on the topic of emigration, the German Emigration Center, Bremerhaven (Deutsches Auswandererhaus), you can authentically follow the paths of 7 Million Europeans who left their homeland via the port of Bremerhaven, Germany in search for a better life in the New World and begin a personal search for your own ancestors using our state of the art research facilities.
Reviewed 6 July 2013

We were in Germany touring the villages of our ancestors and made this museum a priority in our plans. It is a must see museum for anyone interested in understanding the emigrant experience. We had been to Ellis Island last year and visiting this museum was coming full circle. The exhibits were designed by set designers and are very well done. Also worth taking a look at is the Bremerhaven harbor itself.

Thank CarolML
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Reviewed 30 June 2013

The German emigration Center in Bremerhaven gave me a special experience. First we learned about the numbers of 300 years of European emigration history to America. Then we followed a specific person and got an understanding of why this person would emigrate and how the outcome was. This was educational and very well made. Great entertainment or edutainment as I would call it. For me the last was just phantastic. A number of PCs were available all in contact with a large data base of people emigrated from Europe. I found my aunt born in 1903 and immigrating 1925 to Connecticut in USA. She visited Denmark in 1948 bringing a solid load of good clothing highly appreciated by her family still suffering from the 2nd world war. It was all done during an afternoon.

Thank Erik L
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Reviewed 2 June 2013

Another sort of out of the way place but worth the trip. Its a tour that makes you feel like you are on the boat to America and is very well done. The views of the harbor are amazing as well. I actually found that a few of my relatives went through here. The amazing part was the middle section where you could search through all the names that went through here in a card file system. a few things were not in English and needed to be and they need to computerize all the files for easier access but it is well worth the trip. With those few additions, they could become great. I actually found a few of my relatives who went through here but it was at the end as you are allowed to access ancestry.com for free and print up a few things. It was nice to have that option but felt like they werent trying very hard and let a website do their work for them. The staff was very helpful but a few of them didnt know their way around the website which was a little more frustrating. As stated before, a few tweeks and this place could be amazing. I found it much more fascinating than Ellis Island because it was from the Europeans point of view.

Thank Mike S
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Reviewed 24 May 2013

Having been to Ellis Island, this was "completing the circle". This museum is worth several hours. You are given a card with two identities and you trace what happened to these people as the first one leaves Germany (anywhere from the early 1700s to the mid-1900s) and the second one (much later in the museum) comes to Germany to live. Much of the explanation is translated to English. You are given a card to touch pads which activate spoken commentary in English also. There are a series of 5 or 6 stations which really provide the history of Germany in context of the immigration process. For someone whose forebears left Germany, this is really putting their situation in context. At the end of the museum is a family reference room where you can explore ancestors.com on their MAC computers. The only problem is that the process for the museum is not always well explained to English visitors and there didn't seem to be any English translation in the Farewell Hall (which was a harbor scene) but you figure it out as you go.

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Reviewed 7 May 2013

Great displays to wander through - you can even touch them! Very helpful and friendly staff. The genealogy information was a little disappointing - not as complete as I'd hoped (emigrant's origin, family, etc. but the staff there did their best).

Thank Doughco
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