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“Best maritime museum we have ever seen; spent 7 hours there spread over 2 days”

International Maritime Museum
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US$10.79*
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Ranked #11 of 302 things to do in Hamburg
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Learn about the history and future of shipping, and Hamburg’s importance, at this tremendous museum. Artifacts include ship models, paintings, uniforms and nautical devices.
Bromborough, United Kingdom
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“Best maritime museum we have ever seen; spent 7 hours there spread over 2 days”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

We are keen on model ships and maritime paintings and rate this maritime museum the best we have ever seen, by a long way (comparing for example with Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Venice, Liverpool and Greenwich and not to denigrate those in any way - they are all fine museums).

This is a huge collection beautifully displayed. The quality of the larger models taking up most of the nine floors of the museum is unbelievable. Amongst the warships are all the usual suspects (Yamato, Tirpitz, Bismarck, Hood, Royal Oak...), passenger ships include Titanic of course, sailing ships such as Cutty Sark, Pamir, Preussen... and the collection of merchant ships, research vessels, tugs etc. is just stunning.

The top floor consists of tiny scale 1:1,250 models; every ship I have ever been on was here, Union Castle Line, Bergen Line, Belgian Marine, the much-missed Olau Line, even CalMac.

Other highlights for me - a stunning painting by Barry Mason called 'The White Ship', a replica of Shackleton's 'James Caird', a 1930's documentary in colour of Hamburg harbour and time-lapse films of the building of the Cosco Panama and a voyage from Hamburg to Shanghai.

We whizzed through the collection in 3 hours on day 1 and were so blown away we went back next day for another 4 hours. It was quiet even on a weekend so no problem just to stop and stare. Plenty of info in English as well as German and English audio-guides are available.

Visited June 2014
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Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Brilliant !”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

This museum is just a piece of art ! 10 floors on the history of the differents boats all around the world ! From how it's made to where it went and for which reason...
Even the Queen Mary II all made of LEGO'S !!!!!
It took me 3 hours to see it all, and I rushed at the end just because I was hungry, I would have stayed the whole afternoon :)

Visited April 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Would love to spend much more time there”
Reviewed 20 June 2014

The museum is very well laid out, the relevant explanations are good, the lighting excellent and there is plenty of space so visitors do not step on each others feet. Sadly we only had about an hour and a half.

Visited June 2014
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São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Interesting”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

There are some very interesting things in this museum. However, it is too big, with 9 floors it is a bit overwhelming.

Visited June 2014
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Toronto, Canada
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“An Impressive Collection of Ships”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

Eight floors of ships, models, and other marine paraphernalia. I was exhausted and didn't finish it all . Impressive museum if you like maritime stuff. It has a nice restaurant attached to the museum. The area is in the renovated dock area of the port of Hamburg. Worth the visit.

Visited June 2014
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