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German Maritime Museum

Leibniz Institute for Maritime History

The German Maritime Museum / Leibniz Institute for Maritime History (DSM) in Bremerhaven has set itself the task of exploring the eventful relationship between man and sea and making it possible to experience it in exhibitions.

The DSM is currently in a state of flux and combines a building renovation and the construction of a research depot with a comprehensive new concept for all exhibition and research areas. During this phase, which lasts until 2021, the building will nevertheless remain open to visitors - with a varied programme, changing special exhibitions and events. The current special exhibition "360° POLARSTERN - Eine virtuelle Forschungsexpedition" revolves around sailing, researching and living on board the famous polar research vessel of the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI). Using virtual and augmented reality, museum visitors can embark on a virtual research voyage in polar regions. The more than 600-year-old Bremer Kogge and the museum ships in the outdoor area can also continue to be visited.

Attention: Due to the pandemic-related situation please note the German Maritime Museum's website for the current opening hours. .


The DSM's theme setting, which takes a global historical perspective into account, gives it a unique selling proposition both nationally and internationally. Within the framework of its cooperative research and exhibition approach, the DSM combines its own research with two scientific focal points of importance for the State of Bremen, the marine and social sciences. In its new exhibition, which will be successively implemented in three steps starting in winter 2016/17, the latest findings in these fields will be conveyed. Due to its location between the estuary of the Wese and the oldest harbour area of the city, the historical perspective of the DSM is embedded in the lively maritime everyday culture of Bremerhaven.

The DSM is currently embarking on a new course: Hans Scharoun's museum building is being renovated to show the first part of a new exhibition - a shipwreck with its own exciting history: the Bremer Kogge of 1380, whose discovery in the Weser in 1962 ultimately led to the later foundation of the museum and now forms the starting point for its fundamental redesign.

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Deutsches Schifffahrtsmuseum

Hans-Scharoun-Platz 1
27568 Bremerhaven
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Opening hours

01st January - 14th March 2021
- Tuesday - Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- closed on Mondays

From 15th March - 14th November 2021 the museum is open daily.

24th, 25th and 31st December closed


- Tuesday to Thursday from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 1 to 6 p.m.
- Friday from 9.30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

closed on 24th, 25th and 31st December

Address: Hoebelstraße 23, 27572 Bremerhaven, Germany

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

Museum Ships

March 15th - November 14th, 2021
daily from 10 a.m. to 5.30 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 2021

  • Adults € 3,00
  • Reduced € 1,50
  • Accompanying person of severely handicapped persons (sign B) € 0,00
  • Support association members € 0,00

Attention: Duration of stay maximum 1,5 hours

*Groups from 15 persons per person, children from 6-15 years, pupils, trainees, students, pensioners, unemployed and disabled persons (with official ID)


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  info@dsm.museum

Only museum ships

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


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:

May - September
(Heligoland saison)
Mon. - Sun. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
October - April
Mon. - Sun. 9.30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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