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.
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 daily from mid-March to mid-November. The FRAME light installation on the extension lights up every evening after dark and, like an oversized tide calculator, uses light to illustrate the water level of the riverWeser.

With the special show "CHANGE NOW - Ships change the world", which will start in winter 2021/2022, the DSM is dedicated to the UN Decade of Marine Research for Sustainable Development. In addition to an excursus on the topic of marine research, motifs by AWI photographer Esther Horvath, who accompanied the MOSAiC expedition on board the POLARSTERN, will also be on display.


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


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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 € 6,00
  • Reduced € 3,00
  • Accompanying person of severely handicapped persons (sign B) € 0,00
  • Support association members € 0,00

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


Prices 2022

1st January - 31st July 2022

  • Adults € 10,00
  • Reduced € 5,00
  • Accompanying person of severely handicapped (sign B) € 5,00
  • Family ticket Mini (1 adult + up to 3 children) € 14,00
  • Family ticket Maxi (2 adults + up to 4 children) € 24,00
  • Pupils groups per person € 3,00

1st August - 31st December 2022

  • 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


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

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


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:

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

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