Tickets & Hours


German Emigration Center
Columbusstrasse 65
27568 Bremerhaven

Tel.: +49471902200
Fax.: +494719022022

March – October

daily 10 A.M. – 6 P.M.
(monday till sunday)

November – February

daily 10 A.M. – 5 P.M.
(monday till sunday)

Last admission: one hour before closing.

Please notice:

The museum is closed on Christmas Eve (December 24).

Dogs are not allowed.

The museum is equipped to meet the special needs of people who are disabled. All rooms at the German Emigration Center are barrier-free.

Prices 2020

Adults15,80 EUR
Discounted (students, trainees, unemployed or disabled - degree of disability 50)13,00 EUR
Children (aged 5-16)9,00 EUR
Children - Discounted (aged 5 – 16, disabled - degree of disability 50)8,00 EUR
Single Mom / Single Dad (1 Adult & Children aged 5-16)29,90 EUR
Families (Parents and their Children aged 5-16)41,80 EUR
Photo fees*1,50 EUR

*Photos and film recordings of any kind whatsoever for public use (commercial or non-commercial) and the distribution thereof to third parties is strictly not allowed.

Getting there

By car
From Bremen:
A 27 towards Bremerhaven/Cuxhaven
Exit “Bremerhaven-Zentrum“
Continue on B 212 towards Havenwelten

By bus or train
Train to Bremerhaven Central Station
Bus from central station towards city center (Friedrich-Ebert-Strasse) on bus lines 502, 505, 506, 508, or 509. Bus stops: Havenwelten and “Bürgermeister-Smidt-Strasse“


Parking at the German Emigration Center Bremerhaven:

To make your stay as pleasant as possible please check the information below for parking facilities near the German Emigration Center.

Parking for cars

Parking for buses

Guided Tours

Guided tours of the German Emigration Center

…for families: every second Sunday (alternating with the classic museum tour), 15:00 P.M.

classic museum tour: every second Sunday (alternating with the museum tour for families), 15:00 P.M.

Tour rates are 3.00 EUR per person plus admission ticket to the permanent exhibition.

Advance reservations are necessary for group rates valid for a maximum of seven days prior to reserved date. Please contact us: +49471902200.

Group Reservation

The German Emigration Center offers special group arrangements which require at least seven weekdays advance booking.

Please send us an E-mail.

Group Rates* (15 or more persons)

Adults 13,00 EUR
Children (aged 5–16) 7,70 EUR
Guided Tours (90 min.) 3,00 EUR
School Groups 8,00 EUR per Student

* Advanced written reservation is necessary for group rates which are valid for a maximum of seven weekdays in advance. Teachers accompanying a school class are granted free admission.

The Museum

History and Concept


Neuer Hafen (New Harbor) in Bremerhaven, c 1888. The site of the storage shed in the center of the picture is now the site of the German Emigration Center. © Deutsches Schifffahrtsmuseum

The German Emigration Center in Bremerhaven is situated on a historic site in the New Harbor, which opened in 1852 and was the departure point for approximately 1.2 million emigrants to the New World by 1890. The New Harbor was adjacent to the Old Harbor (Alter Hafen), the Imperial Harbors (Kaiserhäfen) and the Columbus Wharf, all departure points for the 7.2 million emigrants who sailed for the New World from Bremerhaven.
The German Emigration Center opened on 8 August 2005. For more than 20 years people from the cultural, economic and political spheres of Bremerhaven have been working towards the building of an emigration museum in what was once Germany’s largest port of emigration. The Freundeskreis Deutsches Auswandererhaus (Society of Friends of the German Emigration Center), founded formerly as the Förderverein Deutsches Auswanderermuseum (German Emigration Museum Development Association) in 1985, and the Initiativkreis Deutsches Auswandererhaus (German Emigration Center Initiative), founded formerly as the Initiativkreis Erlebniswelt Auswanderung (Emigration Museum Initiative) in 1998, particularly supported the museum project. Thanks to their commitment it was finally possible to realize the building of a museum unique in Europe dedicated to the German and European history of emigration and immigration.

The concept and design of the new museum wing were carried out by Studio Andreas Heller Architects & Designers in Hamburg. The German Emigration Center is a private-public partnership project financed by funds from the federal state of Bremen and the city of Bremerhaven. After its opening in 2005 the museum was operated by the private operating company Paysage House 1 – Gesellschaft für Kultur und Freizeit mbH & Co. KG (since 2017: Deutsches Auswandererhaus gemeinnützige GmbH). In this regard the German Emigration Center also occupies a special place in the cultural history museum landscape of Germany.

By relating emigration and immigration in the past and the present the German Emigration Center has become the first migration museum in Germany. In 2007 the German Emigration Center won the prestigious European Museum of the Year Award for its innovative exhibition concept.

Tracing Roots with State-of-the-Art Technology

The German Emigration Center is full of state-of-the-art museum technology, beginning with the admission ticket, an iCard. The electronic boarding pass allows visitors to embark on a personal journey of 300 years of immigration and emigration history. Each iCard contains the story of an individual who either emigrated to the New World or found a new home in Germany. The iCard also activates many audio stations and interactive displays making a museum visit a thoroughly personal and emotional experience. Individual information and pictures enable identification with the actual person and invite visitors to become more involved with their story and, thus, the history.

RFID (Radio Frequency Identity) technology can be used in many ways. For example, visitors can dress up in historic emigrant clothing and have their picture taken at a photo station, then have it printed later on their way out. Or research results for emigrated ancestors from one of the four international databases may be stored and then printed out for visitors to take home.

The Architecture of the German Emigration Center

Emigration and immigration require two things: hope and courage, the courage to do without. The architecture of the German Emigration Center reflects these two qualities. The wood planked upper level, an angular block, fits into the soft basic oval, exposed concrete design of the main building. The two elements appear to be opposing poles, yet they are inseparably connected to each other. The soaring concrete wings emphasize the opposite aspects of migration and represent a stylized waving kerchief, a symbol synonymous with bidding farewell but at the same time evoking the hope of seeing one another again.


The German Emigration Center has recorded several successes in its short history that exceed high visitor numbers.

In 2007 the theme museum won the European Museum of the Year Award. It was the first time in 15 years that a German museum had won the award. The innovative exhibition concept and the emotional approach to the subject of emigration convinced the European Museum Forum (EMF) jury. This positions the German Emigration Center in a league with other internationally renowned museums such as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao or the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

The following year, in 2008, the German Emigration Center received the Best in Heritage Award by the European Initiative of Excellence. These awards underscore the importance of the museum as an outstanding institution dealing with emigration in the past while focusing simultaneously on present-day developments.


Collection & Research

The Heart of the Museum – The Collection

As almost every German family has a relative who emigrated at some time or other it is not surprising that the German Emigration Center attracts increasing numbers of people who wish to donate photos, documents and other one-of-a-kind keepsakers to the museum’s collection.

The German Emigration Center is the largest theme museum for emigration and immigration in Europe. What is essentially important for the collection is the story or the experience related to the object as the combination of both evokes the emotional aspect and makes history come alive. Hence the collection is a unique record of European migration history.

One-of-a-kind Keepsakers – An Emigrant’s Story from the Museum’s Collection

The father of 17-year old Martha Hüner had no doubt that, once in America, his daughter would marry a cowboy. And so, in 1923, when Martha Hüner emigrated to the United States he gave her this horse brush with the words, “You take this with you. I’m not going to be getting a horse in Bremerhaven. And when you’re in America you’ll surely marry a cowboy.”

But there never was a cowboy. Instead Martha married a baker and used the brush to brush the crumbs off the counter in their bakery or the cake crumbs off their table at home. This family heirloom accompanied her all her life. Now, it tells museum visitors the story of a bright young woman who set out for the New World, her heart full of hopes and dreams.

Together with many photos, letters and documents Martha’s family brought the horse brush to the German Emigration Center where it exemplifies one of more than seven million stories of emigration.

Contribute to Our Collection

Maybe your family has hidden “treasures” of this kind, too. They are usually found in boxes up in an attic or in a basement corner or even in old suitcases. When homes or apartments are cleared objects or documents like these are often heedlessly thrown away. We would love to have them and the story that goes with them. Objects like these will receive a place in the German Emigration Center’s collection and exhibition.

We are searching for:

  • • your emigration story or the emigration story of your ancestors,
  • • photos (from the emigrant’s native country and new home),
  • • travel documents,
  • • personal documents (such as letters, postcards, diaries, journals),
  • • documents (such as passports, certificates of naturalization, ID papers) and
  • • personal one-of-a-kind keepsakers (for example, the contents found in a piece of hand luggage, a brooch, a carved pipe).

It is important that you are willing to bestow these objects to the German Emigration Center.


German Emigration Center
Dr. Tanja Fittkau
Columbusstrasse 65
27568 Bremerhaven
Tel: +49471902200


Learning as an Experience

Move your class room into the German Emigration Center and experience along with your class a unique journey through time - and an exciting change in perspective. The goal of the German Emigration Center is to vividly convey the importance of historical and current emigration and immigration through a scientific and emotional approach. In the long term, the museum of cultural history intends to encourage the development of intercultural skills of its young visitors and to promote a constructive shaping of public opinion regarding the topic of migration.

Lessons in the Migration Museum

The award-winning theme museum offers a diverse and (inter-)active learning program for school classes of various grade levels. As an extracurricular place of learning the educational programs of the German Emigration Center refer to the standards and competences of the curricula and core curricula of the respective school levels and grades. The migration museum conveys personal and social skills of social cooperation such as respect, social and self-competences, empathetic ability, the skill to interpret and reflect or establishing the relationship between the past and the present.

Elementary School

Seeking paths – society & politics – identity – migration – methodical expertise – changes in perspective – respect – curiosity – media skills – Intercultural competences - dealing with prejudice – region, space & mobility – subject-matter expertise – history-related learning – Europe and the world – dealing with historical issues – foreign understanding & empathy – learning through experience

A place of extracurricular learning

... the German Emigration Center allows for a playful and experience-orientated access to the topic of migration: During their visit to the museum they can slip into the role of an emigrant family. On our children-friendly tour through the main exhibition tasks and puzzles must be solved. The children will get to know the circumstances of historical emigration and learn more about history in a playful way.

Rally “On a great voyage” (new)

With our rally school classes will experience the German Emigration Center on their own accord by getting together in small teams to become real explorers. On their great journey through the 19th and 20th century the pupils will accompany Paul, the ship's rat of the museum. With their rally sheet the will not only learn more about the reasons and origins of emigration but also about the circumstances during the ship's scrossing while they trace the life story of real emigrants. Paul will show up occasionally to provide tricky tasks for the small explorers to get them to unravel the riddles of migration history.

Price: 8.00 EUR entrance fee plus 2.00 EUR for the rally sheet

Middle School, Junior High and High School

Foreign language (bilingual) – integration & identity – subject-matter expertise – migration – media skills – segregation – the ability to judge and act – government – immigration & cultural diversity – government participation – methodical expertise – migration politics – respect – social inequality – international politics – Individuals & society – diversity – intercultural competences – Imperialism & World War I – minorities & migration – Germany between 1945 and 1949 – social structure – social policy - National Socialism & World War II

The students accompany an emigrant …

... on his/her journey to the New World and an immigrant, who came to Germany. Following real life stories they learn about the reasons why, over the past 300 years, people have emigrated overseas or have immigrated to Germany. In addition they will learn how the migrants adapted to their new environment.
For Junior High and High School students we suggest booking a rally or a general guided tour. The diverse offer is attuned to the respective knowledge level of the students. The tours are offered in German, English, French and partly in Spanish. The interdisciplinary topics coincide with various school subjects such as, politics, history, geography, German, values and standards as well as foreign language.

Guided Tours


Duration: 90 minutes
Language: German, English, French or Spanish
Price: 8.00 EUR entrance fee plus 2.00 EUR for the rally sheet

> Equipped with a rally sheet the pupils will venture through the main exhibition on their own and answer questions about the historical emigration in the 19th and 20th century. The tasks for pupils in junior high school highlight the experience and reliving of migration. For the senior classes it will be more about the of historical facts and figures. The interdisciplinary topics coincide with various school subjects such as, politics, history, geography, German, values and standards as well as foreign language.

Thematical rallys

> Flight and expulsion

> Industrialisation

Workshops / Discussion sessions

> On demand we are offering workshops and discussion sessions covering the complex topic that is migration. Introductions into our current special exhibition are possible as well.
If interested please reach out to us via phone: 0471 / 90 22 0 – 0.

For Teachers: Information Materials

Upon request the German Emigration Center offers cost-free hints and solutions to the questions on the rally sheets. These are available in German and English. General information about the migration museum as well as further reading can also be requested.

For Teachers: Teacher Information Days

The German Emigration Center offers teachers the possibility to acquaint themselves with the migration museum as an extracurricular place of learning. On site they will be introduced to individual educational programs and will learn about the didactic (exhibition-) concept of the award-winning theme museum during the tour.

Dates upon request.

Prices for school classes 2019

Admission students (as a class) >
Main exhibition
7,50 EUR
Admission students (as a class) >
Special exhibition
Admission teachers
(accompanying a school class)
Guided tour (German, English, French)3,00 EUR p.p. plus admission fee
Rally2,00 EUR p.p. plus admission fee

Please note:
Teachers are responsible for the supervision of their students in the exhibition.

A written registration is required for all school classes.

For further questions and an individual consultation we are always at your disposal.

We look forward to hearing from you.

The booking form is available here as a pdf download. Please send this filled-out and signed form to us either per email or fax

German Emigration Center
Columbusstrasse 65
27568 Bremerhaven
Tel.: +49471902200

Fax: +494719022022

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© 2020 German Emigration Center Bremerhaven

German Emigration Center
Operated by the non-profit limited liability company German Emigration Center

Dr. Simone Blaschka
Amtsgericht Bremen, HB5003BHV, 
Steuer-Nr. 60 142 07862

Columbusstraße 65
, 27568 Bremerhaven
T + 49 (0) 471 / 90 22 0 – 0
F + 49 (0) 471 / 90 22 0 – 22

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Picture Credits:
Deutsches Auswandererhaus
Sammlung Deutsches Auswandererhaus
Klaus Frahm
Andreas Heller Architects & Designers
Werner Hutmacher
Kay Riechers
Antje Schimanke
Stefan Volk

Sound Design:
Wolfgang v. Henko

Andreas Heller Architects & Designers
Chad Danford