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Millerntor Guard House

The Millerntor was the main gate on the west side of the city in the 17th century and refers to the time when Hamburg could only be entered and left through the city gates.
Today, the historic Millerntorwache is a place for artistic and cultural projects, discussions, encounters and experiments.

10 years of the Museum of Hamburg History

Between 2013 and 2023, the Millerntor Guard House was home to the Museum of Oral History, an initiative of the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S. in cooperation with the .
On a sofa with coffee or tea, locals and visitors to the city could tell their stories and tales about Hamburg. A team of volunteers was on hand to listen to the stories. The stories were recorded and published on the Millerntorwache YouTube channel and, in some cases, handed over to the Museum of Hamburg History for further use.

Millerntorwache 2018. Photo: Sinje Hasheider/SHMH


Since 2024, the Millerntorwache has undergone a realignment and offers space for temporary artistic and cultural projects. Curators can use the small but central location to explore themes, ideas and concerns relating in particular to urban society and its challenges in an artistic and discursive way. They can show, exhibit or present their own work and invite other actors to join them.

Projects (page in German)


Opening hours

A visit to the Millerntorwache is possible during the project periods. Registration is usually required.



Historische Museen Hamburg
Millerntordamm 2
20359 Hamburg