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    Humans & the Sea – many angles create the whole picture

    As one of eight research museums of the Leibniz Association, our task is the researching of the history of German seafaring, taking the global context into consideration. Scientists from social and cultural history, economic and corporate history, science and technological history as well as maritime archaeology all work at the German Maritime Museum. The many very different angles help to form a complete picture: Which ecological, economic, technical and social circumstances have influenced the relationship between people and the sea? Our work makes an important contribution in the global network to the understanding of the Anthropocene era.



    Our research focuses



    In Thematic Field 1 (Shipbuilding in the socio-economic context), the long-term social and economic structural changes in shipbuilding are examined.

    Shipbuilding in the socio-economic context

    We study the significance of shipping for the collection of data and the generation of knowledge. After all, without ships, there would be a lot we wouldn't know about the Earth.

    Ships as media of knowledge generation

    There are many reciprocal effects between shipping and the environment: ships not only serve marine exploitation, they have also contributed to global and irrevocable change to the seas.

    Shipping and the environment



    Research projects



    LIFTProv - The handling of Jewish emigrants' resettlement goods in Hamburg

    The research project aims to trace the path of Jewish emigrants' personal belongings from the moment they leave their homes to the moment they are bought. read more

    Maps - seas. New research project on nautical charts at DSM

    Sea charts were - and still are today - the basis of navigation on the seas. The BMBF supports the research of historical nautical charts from our collection. read more

    Relocation goods confiscated in Bremen ports

    Relocation goods confiscated in Bremen ports read more


    The Museum collection


    ship models

    life saving appliances

    Canvas and posters


    nautical instruments

    graphics and drawings



    Fishery and whaling

    The library

    The library holds a comprehensive collection of titles on German maritime history and marine exploitation. Stock can be read free of charge in the reading room.

    To the library


    Our collection in stock-room and archive

    Our collection of objects and archives is the basis for our exhibition and research work. You can see various pieces from the collection in the exhibition or online.

    To the collection in the stock-room and archive



    Cooperative research


    Cooperative research

    Guest Researchers, German Maritime Museum Fellows, Senior Experts and Promotion of Young Scientists at DSM

    Research and exhibition at the German Maritime Museum in Bremerhaven are based on internal and external cooperation. The project-oriented cooperation is based on interdisciplinarity, internationality and networking. It serves quality assurance and the development of innovative methods.



    Join in the research!



    Dissertations, third-party funded projects, internships or Citizen Science

    Our museum and our research thrive on the exchange of experience. To this end, we offer several opportunities to get involved and gain experience.



    Our researchers



    Get to know us. To the employee profiles.

    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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