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.
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