German Maritime Museum

Leibniz Institute for Maritime History

Ships can be places of longing, knowledge repositories and much more. Without ships, our world would be a different place. Because ships move - people and goods, ideologies and information. They are witnesses of time, silent and communicative at the same time. That is why the German Maritime Museum (DSM) / Leibniz Institute of Maritime History tells their history and illustrates the relationship between man and the sea in the permanent and in many special exhibitions.
Currently, the DSM is embarking on a new course: parts of the building are being renovated and combined with a comprehensive redesign of all exhibition and research areas. Still on display is the heart of the house: the cog from 1380 - a shipwreck with its own exciting history. The permanent exhibition rolls up the stages from construction to salvage to conservation of the medieval merchant ship, considered the best preserved of its kind in the world. Guests also learn interesting facts about the Hanseatic era. It is supplemented by changing special exhibitions in the cog hall.
The harbor tug STIER, the whaler RAU IX and the deep-sea salvage tug SEEFALKE are moored in the museum harbor and can be visited during the summer season. The current opening hours can be found at

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Deutsches Schifffahrtsmuseum

Hans-Scharoun-Platz 1
27568 Bremerhaven
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Opening hours

October 31 2023 - March 17 2024
Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Starting March 18 2024
daily 10.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.

Closed on March 20, as well as April 8 - 12
The ships are open


- Tuesday to Thursday from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 1.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.
- Friday from 9.30 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.

Address: Hoebelstraße 23, 27572 Bremerhaven, Germany

Please use the stairs and the bell at the rear entrance.

Museum Ships

March 18 - October 20
daylie 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.

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).

Attention: For further information visit the museum's website

Prices 2023

  • Adults € 6,00
  • Reduced € 3,00
  • Accompanying person of severely handicapped (sign B) € 3,00
  • Family ticket Mini (1 adult + up to 3 children) € 8,00
  • Family ticket Maxi (2 adults + up to 4 children) € 14,00
  • Pupils groups per person € 2,00

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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

Museum ships

Submarine "Wilhelm Bauer"
Adults: € 4,00
Children up to 5 years: free admission, accompanied by a paying adult.
Adolescents (6-17 years): € 3,00
Pupils/students: € 3,00
Groups of 15 or more: € 3,00 per person
Guided tours: on request

"Stier", "Rau IX", "Seefalke"
Admission € 2,00
Reduced € 1,00


Deutsches Schifffahrtsmuseum
Leibniz Association
Hans-Scharoun-Platz 1
27568 Bremerhaven
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 0049 (0)471 - 48 20 70
 0049 (0)471 - 48 20 755


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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

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Opening hours:

January - December
mondays - sundays 9:30 a.m. - 17:00 p.m.

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