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The Altonaer Museum was founded in 1863. It is one of the largest regional museums in Germany and presents the cultural history of Northern Germany with a focus on the development of the Elbe region around Altona, Schleswig-Holstein and the coastal areas next to the North Sea and Baltic.

Opening hours

Opening hours

Monday 10 am – 5 pm
Tuesday closed
Wednesday to Friday 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 6 pm

Public holidays

The museum is closed on 24th / 25th December, 31st December and 1st January; on all other public holidays the Altonaer Museum is open from 10 am to 6 pm.



8,50 € for adults
6 € for groups of more than 10
5 € for vocational college students over 18, students under 30, apprentices and trainees, job seekers, social security recipients, young people doing voluntary work in their gap year.

Free admission

Free admission for children and young people under 18, members of the press, carers accompanying a disabled visitor, members of the Deutscher Museumsbund, members of the foundation council and the board of trustees of Historic Museums Hamburg Foundation, board members and foundation council members of the state museums, ICOM, BVGD, members of the Friends of Historic Museums Hamburg Foundation, members of the Verein für Hamburgische Geschichte, BBK, Verband Deutscher Kunsthistoriker.

Getting there

Stiftung Historische Museen Hamburg
Altonaer Museum
Museumstraße 23
22765 Hamburg

Phone +49 40 428 135 0
E-Mail info@am.shmh.de

S-Bahn 1/3 to Bahnhof Altona
Bus 112 to Rathaus Altona



The museum shop in the Altonaer Museum has a rich assortment of books, postcards and toys for children and adults, matching the themes of the house.

Opening hours

Monday 10 am – 6 pm
Closed on Tuesday
Wednesday to Sunday 10 am – 18 pm

Eat & Drink

Café Schmidtchen

In the new museum café, visitors and guests can relax and enjoy homemade cakes and tarts, “Franzbrötchen” and hearty treats as well as a changing lunch table.

Opening hours

Monday to Sunday 9 am – 6 pm

Due to an event the museum will be closed on March 2nd and 3rd 2024 all day.


The library of the Altonaer Museum is a reference library open to the public with a collection of approximately 80,000 volumes, the oldest of which date back to the 18th century. There are 16 seats available for visitors in the reading room.