Main areas of research


Our research and exhibition programme is structured by three areas that form the basis for the exhibitions and research in the German Maritime Museum: Shipping and the Environment, Shipbuilding and Shipping in a Socio-Economic Context, and Ships and Knowledge. These thematic areas combine our research with non-specific maritime scientific directions. In this way, the museum can deal with interdisciplinary issues that go beyond the topics of the research areas and link activities more closely with one another.

Research topics

Overview of our research focuses


The interactions between shipping and the environment have become ever more complex since the 19th century: They range from the use of shipping to exploit marine resources and the pollution of the oce read more

In the research focus of Thematic Field 1 (Shipbuilding in the socio-economic context), the long-term social and economic structural changes in shipbuilding are examined at the German Maritime Museum read more

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. read more

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