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    Quality in research, collection and communication

    The German Maritime Museum in Bremerhaven is a research museum of the  Leibniz Association, and a place of education and dialogue. Maritime questions of relevance to society as a whole are the core of our work. In researching and communicating these questions, we insist on the highest quality requirements and ensure these through a Scientific Advisory Board. The guidelines for our work are formed by international museum standards. Equal opportunities, freedom from barriers and child-friendliness are implemented in our daily work. We enter into active dialogue with our visitors and thus optimise our services and offerings.








    During excavation work in a Bremen harbor basin a medieval cog is discovered. This laid the basis for the foundation of the German Maritime Museum.




    The German Maritime Museum was founded in 1971 as an independent foundation legally responsible under civil law, and opened in 1975 as a museum.





    The museum was included into the joint research promotion by the federation and the states ("Blaue Liste"/today "Leibniz Association) in 1980.


    Until 2000


    Until 2000 our research focus is oriented on technical and natural scientific aspects, especially on the conservation of large waterlogged finds.


    2000 onwards


    The research focus shifts to the history of research and science.




    The German Maritime Museum experiences structural and organizational changes, construction and renovation activities begin. It gets the name "Leibniz Institute for German Marine…




    2013 the DSM is embarking on a new course. The new research and exhibition programme "Humankind & the Sea" becomes visible through the opening of the newly designed Cog Hall.







    German Maritime Museum Foundation Board and Scientific Advisory Board

    Our highest decision-making body is the Foundation Board. The Scientific Advisory Board is an… read on



    Our cooperations




    Overview of our various cooperations







    The museum team



    Get to know our museum team.

    Opening hours

    Cog hall: Tuesday till Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm

    how to reach us

    Deutsches Schifffahrtsmuseum
    Hans-Scharoun-Platz 1
    D-27568 Bremerhaven


    T. +49 471 482 07 0

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