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All necessary information for a visit to the German Maritime Museum

Information on the reconstruction

Dear visitors, the German Maritime Museum is in a state of flux. You can still visit the Kogge-Halle, our special exhibition "360° POLARSTERN" and the Museumshafen during the usual opening hours. The exhibitions in the Scharoun Building are currently being redesigned. During this period of reconstruction, we will give you an insight into our work in selected special exhibitions. With the completion of all reconstruction work, the German Maritime Museum will open the completely new exhibition.


We are open. Please pay attention to the corresponding information and circular routes.

Hygiene and visiting rules

Due to the dismantling of the special exhibition, the Kogge-Halle will be closed on 26 and 27 October. All other areas (Bangert-Bau and museum ships) will remain open. We apologise for this.


opening hours


Museum building

Summer season (14 March 2020 to 15 November 2020)


10 am – 6 pm


Winter season (16 November 2019 to 14 March 2020)


10 am – 6 pm


The museum is closed on 24, 25 and 31 December.




During the reconstruction of the museum the library is open for you.

You will find us in the fishing harbour, in the FAMO building.

Our new address is Hoebelstraße 23 in 27572 Bremerhaven.

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

Our library is accessible free of charge. 


09.30  am– 12.30 pm
1 pm – 4 pm


09.30 am– 2 pm


Museum ships 

can be visited:




Summer season 15 March 2019 to 15 November 2019


10 am – 5.45 (Entry until  5.30 pm)

Winter season 16 November 2019 to 14 March 2020



Please note: dogs are not allowed in the museum buildings or on the ships, except for therapy dogs and guide dogs.


Admission charges


Admission charges



€ 6,00

(Adults in groups of 15 or more persons (per person), children from 6-15 years, pupils, trainees, students, pensioners, unemployed persons, soldiers doing basic military service and disabled persons with official identity card)

€ 3,00

Members of the navy, crew members of ships (with identity card)

€ 2,00

School groups per person
(for groups from primary schools to grammar schools and other full-time schools; up to 2 accompanying pedagogical persons have free admission)

€ 2,00

Family ticket Mini
(One adult and up to three children)

€ 8,00

Family ticket Maxi
(Two adults and up to four children)

€ 14,00




How to find us

You can easily reach us by car, train and bus.

The German Maritime Museum is located in the middle of the port world of Bremerhaven, the seaport and port city, directly on the dyke between the Old Harbour and the Weser. It can be easily reached by car, train and bus.

By car: From the Bremerhaven-Mitte exit (exit 7) on the A 27 motorway, follow the motorway feeder road to Columbusstraße, which will take you to the museum grounds on the banks of the Weser. The way is signposted. Limited parking is available. Please use the parking lot between the radar tower and the south side of our museum.

By train/bus: If you plan to travel to the German Maritime Museum by public transport, there are several bus lines available. From main station Bremerhaven, take lines 502, 505, 506, 508 or 509 and get off at the "Hochschule Bremerhaven" stop. Cross the market square diagonally in the direction of Hansa Carré and walk between the houses directly towards the old port. Directly behind is the German Maritime Museum. You can also take bus no. 501 at Bremerhaven main station and get off at the stop "Deutsches Schifffahrtsmuseum / Stadttheater".

From Bremerhaven main station on foot: The distance from the main station to the German Maritime Museum is 1.8 km. You can also walk from there.



Location plan




Why are we rebuilding?

The main building of the museum is over 40 years old and in need of renovation in various places. We take the opportunity and combine the renovations that are necessary anyway with a rebuilding as well as the redesign of our exhibitions.

When is the reconstruction finished?

The reconstruction will be finished in 2021, when the new exhibition will also be on display. During the construction period, however, we will continue to give you an insight into our work through selected special exhibitions in the rooms that can be used in each case.

What remains accessible?

During the reconstruction phase, the cog hall is accessible during the usual opening hours as well as the outdoor area. The museum ships are also open for you during the summer season from 15 March to 15 November. Furthermore, you can visit the special exhibition "360° POLARSTERN - A virtual research expedition" until 31 March 2020.

Is there a price reduction?

During the reconstruction phase you will of course pay a significantly reduced admission fee. Details can be found on this page above.

Where can I park?

There is a public car park right next to the museum, which can be used for a fee. The Havenwelten multi-storey car park is just a few minutes' walk away. It is located below the Mediterraneo and Klimahaus. The address is: H.-H.-Meier Str. 1, 27568 Bremerhaven. The opening hours are: 5.00 to 24.00 hours.
Unfortunately, our own parking lot is currently not accessible due to construction work.

Where can coaches park?

The city of Bremerhaven has set up a bus terminal in Columbusstrasse, diagonally opposite the museum entrance. Here you can stop for ten minutes to board and alight your guests. From there, it takes about five minutes to reach the parking lot for coaches. Further information is available from Erlebnis Bremerhaven, Gesellschaft für Touristik, Marketing und Veranstaltungen mbH and here.

Can I visit the museum on public holidays?

We are also open on holidays. Exceptions are three days in December: on 24, 25 and 31 December the museum is closed.
During the winter season, from 16 November to 14 March, the museum is closed on Mondays. In summer, our museum is open seven days a week.

Can the exhibition also be visited by people with disabilities?

The museum can be reached via a ramp. There are elevators in the house that take you to every level. There is a toilet for people with disabilities. We have included elements such as a floor guidance system and tactile models in the exhibition in the cog hall. The museum ships in the museum harbour are unfortunately not accessible by wheelchair.
You can find more information about accessibility with us here.

When will the entire exhibition be shown again?

The entire, newly designed exhibition can be visited as soon as the reconstruction is completed. An exact date cannot be given at present. Until then, the largely barrier-free exhibition in the Kogge hall, as well as the museum ships and the objects in the outdoor area can be visited. Our special exhibition "360° POLARSTERN – A virtual research expedition" will also run until 31 March 2020.

When can the museum ships be visited?

Our museum ships can be visited daily during the summer season (basically from 15 March to 15 November of a year) from 10:00 to 17:45, ticket office closes at 17:30.

Can I take my dog to the museum?

It is not permitted to take dogs into the museum building or onto the ships, with the exception of therapy dogs and guide dogs.

When is the library open?

The library is open to them even during the reconstruction of the museum. You will find us in the fishing port, in the FAMO building.

Our new address is Hoebelstraße 23 in 27572 Bremerhaven.

Please use the stairs at the back entrance and the provided bell.

How much longer can I go to the Museum Café?

Due to the renovation of the museum, Café Weserblick has been closed since 15 December 2018.

Can I order items from the museum shop online?

An online shop is being planned. At the moment our articles are only available in the shop on site.

Opening hours

daily 10 am - 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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