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German Maritime Museum

Leibniz Institute for Maritime 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 Schifffahrtsmuseum

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.

Daily from March 15th - November 13th, 2019, and from November 13th, 2018, - March 3rd, 2019, Tuesday till Sunday, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. open

Closed 24th, 25th and 31st December


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 15th to November 10th, 2019, 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).


Since July 1st, 2018, the Scharoun and Bangert buildings will be closed until the end of the year due to renovation work and redesign. The Koggehalle remains open. Therefore, we will offer our customers a fair offer from this point in time, regarding the entrance fee for the Kogge-Hall: "Pay what you want" - you decide how much you pay.

Prices from March 15th, 2019

Adults € 3,00
- Mini (1 adult + up to 3 children) € 4,00
- Maxi (2 adults + up to 4 children) € 7,00                        
Children from 6 years / pensioner / pupil / voluntary service € 1,50
School classes per pupil € 1,00
Guided tours by appointment.

Groups from 15 persons € 1,50

*Adults and children up to 14 years.

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

Prices 2019

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

1-hour guided tour of the museum
in German € 35,00
in English € 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.
The tours will be charged in addition to the entrance fee.


Deutsches Schifffahrtsmuseum
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

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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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