Internationales Maritimes Museum Hamburg

The International Maritime Museum Hamburg is a museum in Hamburg. For the Kaispeicher B was at great expense to and rebuilt in Hamburg's Speicherstadt. The opening took place on 25 June 2008 in the presence of Federal President Horst Köhler and the Hamburg Mayor Ole von Beust and has given the city a " shipping world-class museum ."


Shown are the stocks of the former Institute for marine and naval history of Peter Tamm, an extensive collection of ship models, ship miniatures, construction plans, paintings, watercolors, graphics, uniforms and weapons. Together include collection over 40,000 individual pieces, plus more than a million photographs. The area of ​​the historic naval uniforms and awards is considered the world's most historically important.

The archive, a library and a shop depot have been set up on the third floor of the adjacent Heinemann memory. One of the first exhibits in the Kaispeicher B is the 7.5 -meter-long wooden boat James Caird II, a replica of a hundred -year-old whaler, which was used as a rescue boat the Endurance with Sir Ernest Shackleton conducted the historic bailout of the Endurance expedition. Arved Fuchs, with this replica nachlebte this bailout in January 2000 and was sailed under difficult conditions of the Antarctic Peninsula to the Elephant Iceland 150 nautical miles away, has left the museum the ship.

In mid-August 2013, donated by the shipping company Hapag -Lloyd ship simulator was inaugurated. The Hamburg Marine Training Centre (MTC ) supports the project. Three times a week former captains in support of the exhibition visitors and revival of the plant are present from 14 clock.

For the presentation of the exhibits, the Foundation has committed the curator Holger von Neuhoff, who designed the very successful "Titanic " exhibition in the Warehouse District in 1997.

The gross exhibition concept is as follows:

Kaispeicher B

The museum was established in protected historic Kaispeicher B, which was created in the years 1878/79, before the establishment of the free port and about ten years before the construction of the warehouse district, designed by the architect Wilhelm Emil Meerwein and Bernhard Hanssen in the style of Gothic brick architecture and the oldest surviving building in Hamburg 's memory. The building offers more than 12,000 sqm of exhibition space. The plans for the renovation and expansion come from the Hamburg architect Mirjana Markovic. Accessible is the Kaispeicher et al over a year was built in 2007, bent, 60 -meter footbridge of the Parisian architect Dietmar Feichtinger.

Although efforts have been made to preserve as much of the original substance as in the interior, had to install the equipment (lifts, air conditioning, sprinkler systems, home automation) some changes are made. A total of more than 2000 cubic meters of concrete and 150 tons of reinforcing steel were widely installed.

Kaispeicher B with the Maritime Museum and the Feichtinger Bridge have been a prize for two of the five best buildings of 2007, awarded in October 2008 by the Hamburg architect and engineering association (AIV ) in Hamburg.

Gallery, exhibition rooms


Critics accuse the collection before too great a focus on military aspects, and in particular to an uncritical dealing with issues of the Nazi period. Reproduction of positions of the Nazi period was also involved only vaguely in a museum concept. Overriding museum- principle would be the exposure of as many (often completely identical ) objects. The museum tries to refute the allegations by a recognized scientific advisory board to assist in the design of exhibitions. The actor Rolf Becker, who had initially placed at the forefront of this movement has distanced itself after visiting the museum of the movement and their statements.

Funding is viewed by the city as problematic: While owner Peter Tamm the museum the exhibits have provided without charge to the 30 -million-euro construction for the renovation and conversion of Kaispeicher were funded entirely by the public, are added development costs of EUR 5 million. The grants for the new, private foundation that runs the museum, stood allegedly contrary to the general reductions in Hamburg's cultural promotion, the top of that concern two institutions with the Museum of Hamburg History and the Altona Museum, which for decades also be employ maritime history - with - but regional.

Proponents point out that the city of Hamburg already had to save from ruin her only surviving 19th-century historic quayside warehouse. Much of the cost is incurred for the preservation of this cultural monument. In addition, must be seen, conversely, that the public had practically get access to the collection Tamm free, so on the contrary costs compared to its own comprehensive maritime museum had been saved.

In addition, the authority responsible for the decision, Senator Dana Horáková a friend of Peter Tamm from that time is when she made ​​as a journalist career at the Axel - Springer -Verlag and Tamm was CEO there. The project took place in the Hamburg state wide approval. The decision of 12 February 2004 came with no votes against and with the abstention of the GAL.