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German Maritime Museum

Leibniz Association for German Shipping History

Seafaring to Grasp, Explore and Experience. The German Maritime Museum (DSM) located directly on the Weser dyke presents the history of seafaring. On an exhibition area of more than 8.000 square meters and a park-like area with large maritime objects on land and the vintage ships of the museum fleet in the Old Harbor it forms a unique ensemble of German maritime history.

One of the highlights is the globally unique Hanseatic cog dated 1380. The original ships in the museum harbor, hundreds of valuable historical Maritime objects, including ships models, paintings, impressive dioramas, models to touch and try out inside and outside promise an entertaining as well as informative expedition through maritime history.

The DSM is one of the eight national research museums in Germany and a member of the Leibniz Association. Aside from the permanent and special exhibitions the museum preserves among other things approx. 30.000 technical drawings, more than 200.000 photographs, 450.000 negatives and image files, art print, posters and nautical charts. It's library with some 92.000 titles on German maritime history and current shipping invites guests to browse through free of charge. Welcome aboard!

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Deutsches Schiffahrtsmuseum

Hans-Scharoun-Platz 1
27568 Bremerhaven
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Opening hours

- November until March
Open on Tuesdays to Sundays from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Closed on Monday
- April until October
daily from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.


The DSM- Library is open to the public free of charge.
Opening hours:
Tuesdays to Thursdays from 9.30 am -12.30 p.m. and from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Fridays from 9.30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Museum Ships

All ships in the Museum Harbor are open from March to October between 10 a.m. - 5.45 p.m.
Ticket counter closes at: 5.30 p.m.
From November to February (and as long as winter continues) the ships in the Museum Harbor remain closed for security reasons.

Length of stay

60 minutes minimum length of stay
150 minutes on average length of stay
180 minutes recommended length of stay


The DSM- Library is open to the public free of charge.

Dogs are not permitted into the museum building nor on board the ships (with the exception of therapy- and guide dogs for the blind).

Entrance fees 2017

- Adults € 8,00
- Children from 6 to 14 years € 5,00
- Children under 6 years free admission when accompanied by an adult
- Families* € 16,50
- Pupils, students, trainees, non-employed, senior citizens, disabled persons with official € 5,00
- Groups from 15 persons and more € 5,00
- Special fees for school classes from full-time schools (grades 1-13)** € 2,00
- Members of the supporting association free

- Admission free:
Fridays (except public holidays) from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Free admission for day-care centers, fugitives, educators to prepare a visit in the museum

* 2 adults with children up to the age of 14; 3-6 persons
** with up to two teachers or escorts accompanying the class with supervision duties, cost per pupil resp. escort

Entrance vouchers booking online

Combi Tickets

German Maritime Museum + German Emigration Center 2016
(Valid on day of purchase and the subsequent two days and for one-time visit to the respective facility; not available from 1st November 2016 till 31st January 2017):
- Adults € 18,00
- Reduced (Eldery) € 15,80
- Reduced (Pupils, students, trainees, non-employed, disabled) € 14,30
- Families (2 adults, children 4-16 aged) € 48,00

Combi Ticket German Maritime Museum + Historical Museum Bremerhaven 2016
Valid on day of purchase and the subsequent two days and for one-time visit to the respective facility; not available from 1st November 2016 till 31st January 2017):
- Adults € 10,40
- Children € 6,00
- Reduced € 6,60
- Family Card € 21,60

Only museum ships

Per ship* € 1,00
*aside from Technical Museum Submarine »Wilhelm Bauer«

Guided tours

The German Maritime Museum offers guided tours on many exciting topics in English and French. Private groups, businesses and travel groups are requested to reserve a guided tour in advance giving details to the number of participants in written form. Reservations can be cancelled free of charge up to one week before the planned visit. The guided tours begin in the Foyer of the museum and last 60 to 90 minutes.

Reservations per telephone:  +49 (0)471 48 20 70 or per


1,5-hour guided tour of the museum
in German € 50,00
in English or French € 60,00

1-hour guided tour "Shipping – yesterday and today"
in German € 35,00
in English or French € 40,00 

1-hour guided tour "Shipping after 1970, ship building, fishery, the tides, history of marine and polar research, rescue services and whaling"
in German € 35,00
in English or French € 40,00

* After written reservation, stating number of participants and arrival time. Reservations can be cancelled cost free up to one week before the tour date.


Deutsches Schiffahrtsmuseum
Leibniz Association
Hans-Scharoun-Platz 1
27568 Bremerhaven


 0049 (0)471 - 48 20 70
 0049 (0)471 - 48 20 755


Tips, Tickets, Dates:


Erlebnis Bremerhaven GmbH
Bremerhaven Touristik & Tourist-Infos
H.-H.-Meier-Straße 6
27568 Bremerhaven


 0049 471 - 41 41 41
 0049 471 - 80 93 61 90

Opening hours:

May - September
(Heligoland saison)
Mon. - Sun. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
October - April
Mon. - Sun. 9.30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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