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Arts & Museums
The Museum for Decorative Arts and Crafts, founded in 1877, is one of the leading museums of its kind. The broad-ranging permanent exhibition that forms its core demonstrates the relationships and interdependency of various cultures throughout the ages. Classical Antiquity is shown as being the beginning of Western Culture, and the importance of the Middle Ages is also displayed here. The Renaissance and crafts of the 17th and 19th centuries are represented, as are sculptures, ivory crafts, porcelain treasures, pieces of furniture and intricate gold jewellery-pieces to admire. The East Asian, Egyptian and Islamic art collections are extremely important and take the form of ceramics, bronzes, paintings and enamel arts. The historic scientific and musical instruments and textiles collections are also exquisite and will make you marvel at the historic wonders of yore.
Germany's first art society was founded by a group of art-lovers in 1817. In 1826, the first public exhibition took place and in 1836, the first pieces were obtained for the society's collection. In the mid-19th century, the Kunstverein contributed much to the inception of the Kunsthalle. Nowadays, after moving several times, the society's headquarters are located at Klosterwall. It has two large exhibition rooms, which are used for experimental exhibitions by young artists as well as retrospectives of influential modern and postmodern artists. The society also organizes lectures, seminars, workshops and excursions. Guided tours are organized every Sunday.
The spacious showrooms of the Kunsthaus (Arthouse) can be found in the creative neighborhoods of Markthalle, Kunstverein and Deichtorhallen. The Society of Plastic Artists and the Lichtwark Society organize exhibitions showing the works of contemporary artists, mainly from the greater Hamburg area. The plain interior of the exhibition halls creates a suitable background for the different genres of contemporary art. The Kunsthaus frequently displays the work of young artists who have been granted scholarships or won prizes, which makes it an important stage for future artists from Hamburg and beyond.
Deichtorhallen is the perfect example of how property can be used for the betterment of the bustling art and culture scene in a region. Formerly comprising of two market places, one of which was a flower market up until 1962, the area is now one of the largest exhibition centers in Europe. Home to some stunning works of both contemporary art and photography. the center was 'saved' thanks to a large donation, which propelled it to become one of Hamburg's premier art hubs. Today, the Deichtorhallen is a collection of showrooms for modern art exhibitions of all kinds, including design, new media and installations.
Opened in 1869, the Kunsthalle houses several centuries worth of paintings, including works by old and new masters like Manet, Liebermann, Friedrich and Munch. The modern classics section contains works by the Blue Rider and Brücke groups (famous early 20th Century German art movements) and is considered to be one of the most important collections in the country.
Not many people can imagine what it's really like to be blind. Life without light, colors and shapes. This exhibition, known as 'dialogue in the dark', ingeniously confronts people with the reality of blindness, and attempts to show them the world of non visual perceptions. The exhibition has already been staged all over North America, Europe and Japan, and is now being shown in Hamburg. Blind people lead visitors through pitch black exhibition rooms which are meant to represent everyday place such as a park, a living room, a crossroads and a pub. Tours start every 15 minutes and take about an hour. Visits must be booked in advance.
The Prototyp Car Museum is an interactive museum that offers myriad experiences and displays of car racing. For that adrenaline thrill, start off with the Race Simulator where one can sit on a vibrating seat in a Porsche 356 Cabrio and play with the clutch and various analog apparatus. Head on to the Audio Box to listen to booming sounds of powerful Auto Union and Ferrari engines. The Sonic Chair narrates the history of cars using surround sound technology, while the library and cinema hall build up this experience by providing in-depth knowledge. This three-story museum also houses a bistro, café and a museum shop and offers numerous spaces for corporate and celebratory events.
... you have a museum paying homage to the same! Housed in lovely brick buildings, which used to be the home of the carpet customs office, the German Customs Museum is totally unique. It informs visitors about the history of customs and excise, both past and present. Since 1900, the customs office was located at the Kornhausbrücke, which lies at the edge of the Speicherstadt; since 1992 it has been a museum. The museum has over 2,000 exhibits and these include everything from customs officers' uniforms to smugglers' loot. Many of the displayed products from all over the world smell fantastic, like cocoa and spices, for example. You can also read about interesting events relating to customs and smuggling, and which form an integral part of this port city's history.
In 1962 a stone wall, shaped like a ring, was excavated. It is nearly 4m thick and has a diameter of approx. 19 metres. Archaeologists discovered that it was the foundation of a tower that was to house the archbishop in the grounds of Hammaburg, then the core of the city. A smaller ring next to this big one is shown in St. Petri Community Centre. The development of this former extension of the fortress of Hammaburg is also documented.
Dedicated to nautical history and maritime practices the world over, The International Maritimes Museum has found the perfect home in Hamburg - one of Europe s most important harbor cities. Their various exhibits cover anything from marine engineering and naval history to pirates through the ages. This includes for example an exhibit on deep-sea exploration, the museum s "Treasure Chamber" and a collection of over 36000 model ships. For younger visitors, the museum offers a children s program: "The Floating Classroom". The International Maritimes Museum can be found right on the river Elbe in the famous Speicherstadt and takes over nine floors in the oldest preserved warehouse in the district.-Eva Oladottir
The privately maintained Speicherstadtmuseum is part of the Museum der Arbeit, which has its main building in Barmbek. It is located in one of the large storage buildings built between 1885 and 1927. The museum shows how people worked in those warehouses, and illustrates the trading business with imported products from all over the world and historic photographs. Among the exhibits are tools, sacks of coffee and boxes of tea, cocoa, spices, and lumps of rubber. You can see, feel and even taste some of the products like coffee and tea.
Located in the Rathausmarkt, Bucerius Kunst Forum is one of the premier cultural institutions in northern Germany. The exhibition center boasts of some of the most elite museum and private collections in the world, which are visited by over 170,000 visitors annually. Lectures and readings complement the exhibitions along with the Oktogonale, the annual music and literature festival.