Emigration Museum BallinStadt Hamburg

On an area of 2,500 square meters, experience the fascinating migration history of over four eras at the Emigration Museum BallinStadt Hamburg. Follow the footsteps of people striving to fulfill their hopes and dreams on their journey to a new homeland while visiting our exhibition. Learn more about Albert Ballin, the founder of the former emigrations halls in Hamburg.

As Deutsches Haus der Migration (German House of Migration), BallinStadt is part of a worldwide network of more than 80 academic institutions and organizations.

Hall no 1: “Port of Dreams”

About 120 years ago, Albert Ballin – name patron of the former emigration halls – decides to build these halls as a last homestead to the millions of European emigrants who are about to start their journey to the New World. The exhibition shows the fascinating and personal history of a man who created the “port of dreams” and introduces you to the historical place where today’s museum is located.

Hall no 2: “World in Transit”

The large emigration exhibition takes you on a journey with many stages. You can explore the varied emigration stations over the centuries. In 14 themed rooms you gain insight into countries, far away and yet so close and familiar.

Hall no 3: “Biographies”

This part of our exhibition shows real stories, personal fates and memories, timeless and touching. In our family research center, you have access to the world’s largest genealogical database.
In hall no 3 you will also find our restaurant with shop.

On historical ground: your destination in the middle of Hamburg