Man & 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

    "See the other?" The perception of the foreign in photographic travel and memory albums

    The research and exhibition project "Seeing the Other?" under the direction of PD Dr. Gisela Parak discusses among other things the medium of photography and photographic "memory images". read more

    DSM participates in new research projec

    The economic development of Scottish islands in the early modern era is the subject of a new research project in which the DSM is also involved. 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


    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
    E. info@dsm.museum

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