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02. März 2017

Von Schiffbruch und Piraterie!
Wissensdurst »Science goes Pub/lic«

12. März 2017

Eröffnung der Sonderausstellung »Wohin?«
Bei dem Ausstellungsprojekt handelt es sich um eine Kooperation des Deutschen Schiffahrtsmuseums mit der Kunststiftung Lilienthal.

14. März 2017

Wiedereröffnung der Kogge-Halle
Am 14. März 2017 heißt es »Leinen los« für das neue Deutsche Schiffahrtsmuseum! Mit der Wiedereröffnung der Kogge-Halle wird die Neuausrichtung des Leibniz-Forschungsmuseums auch für die breite Öffentlichkeit sichtbar.

Veranstaltungen im Februar
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Experiencing and Learning at the German Maritime Museum (DSM)

Already the imposing ships make the long trip to the DSM worth while: the Hanseatic cog of of 1380 – discovered at the bottom of the River Weser and rescued only through a restoration process of many decades –, the boat fleets dating from the Middle Ages to the present, and the deep-sea and coastal fleets in the museum harbour. These vessels join the ship models and navigation instruments, the weapons and apparatuses and many other originals to recount the suspenseful history of German shipping in times of war and peace. Past and present-day activity on ships and in harbours thus come to life. Whaling and deep-sea fishing, rescue services and the German Navy, windjammers, container ships and pleasure craft are just a few of the many topics highlighted. And how satisfying it is to learn more about navigation and shipbuilding, the tides, the poles and the oceans!

The DSM – an institution of the federally and state-funded Leibniz Association – is one of Germany’s eight research museums. All aspects of German maritime history are studied here – the history of the navy and polar research, of oceanography and whaling, of research into the tides and navigation, but also social maritime history and the history of marine archaeology and waterlogged wood conservation. The DSM promotes the exchange between science and society. All research results are made available to the public within the frame-work of permanent and temporary exhibitions, publications and events. The library and – by arrangement – the archive with its photos, charts and documents are likewise accessible to one and all.

The Architecture

The German Maritime Museum opened in 1975. It is the last work by the great architect Hans Scharoun (1893 – 1972), who grew up in Bremerhaven. Like the Berlin Philharmonie – presumably his best-known achievement – it conveys the influence of the Northern German coast and its many vessels. The building echoes the undulating line of the dunes, and the interior is like being “on board”. The planned refurbishment will restore the original design to the extent possible, for example by reopening walled-up windows. The bright and spacious wing by Berlin architect Dietrich Bangert opened in May 2000.

Opening hours

April to October: daily 10 am – 6 pm

November to March: Tuesday to Sunday 10 am – 6 pm

The ships in the museum harbour are closed in winter.

Admission fees 6.00 €, reduced 4.00 €

For family and group offers call +49 471 482 07 0


Guided tours in German, English and French on many suspenseful subjects.

For information, options and reservations call +49 471 482 07 0


Hans-Scharoun-Platz 1 27568 Bremerhaven Telephone +49 471 482 07 0

Telefax +49 471 482 07 55 info at dsm.museum www.dsm.museum


Here we provide some informations about us in English. Please click on to download.

PDF: Imageflyer "Worlds to discover" (2.2 MB)

PDF: View of the German Maritime Museum (120.6 KB) - indoor and outdoor exhibition

Our museum ships:

Nordic Yacht PDF: GRÖNLAND (87.8 KB)

Deep-Sea Salvage Tug PDF: SEEFALKE (371.4 KB)

Whaling Steamer PDF: RAU IX (556.3 KB)

Harbour Tug and Water Tractor PDF: STIER (147.5 KB)

Barque PDF: SEUTE DEERN (1.2 MB)

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