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Modernisation Modernising the Museum for Hamburg History

A total of 36 million Euros has been set aside to modernise the Museum for Hamburg History over the next few years. With the help of Federal Government funding, the Historic Museums Hamburg Foundation can now get started on a full scale modernisation of the Museum for Hamburg History. Other funds have also been promised by the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, so it will also be possible to start planning the conceptual modernisation of the largest urban history museum in Germany.

Founded in 1908 and constructed between 1914 and 1922 by Fritz Schumacher, the Museum for Hamburg History showcases the history of the urban and cultural development of the city of Hamburg from its beginnings in around the year 800 to the present day. It is the largest of the Foundation’s museums and one of the largest museums of urban history in Europe.

So as to ensure that this well-established museum with its unique collection continues to do justice to its role as an important, modern and trendsetting place for remembering the history of Hamburg, plans are in place to modify and upgrade the permanent exhibition which relates Hamburg’s history and to open up the building in the direction of the Planten un Blomen park.

Exterior view from the east: The Museum of Hamburg History, built 1914 – 1922 by Fritz Schumacher. Photo Sinje Hasheider/SHMH.