German Emigration Center Bremerhaven (Deutsches Auswanderer Haus)
The German Emigration Center Bremerhaven (Deutsches Auswanderer Haus) explores the history of German immigration and emigration. The museum, located on the harbor where German emigrants left Bremen for the New World between 1830 and 1974, also gives visitors the chance to search for their own ancestors on two international databases.
The award winning German Emigration Center Bremerhaven includes recreations of the 1888 docks, the insides of various sailing ships and steamers, and even areas of Ellis Island. Use interactive audio and video exhibits to learn about the personal journeys of historic German immigrants and modern emigrants for an immersive, hands-on experience, then head to the museum’s cinema to see movies about immigration.
Things to Know Before You Go
The museum is popular with history buffs and with travelers hoping to learn about their German ancestors.
Pre-book individual or family tickets online to save time.
The German Emigration Center Bremerhaven is completely accessible to travelers in wheelchairs and with strollers. Guided tours are also offered in sign language.
There are discounted tickets for children, students, and people with disabilities.
There is a gift shop and a cafe at on site.
How to Get There
The museum is located near the Havenwelten bus stop, on the waterfront. From Bremerhaven’s main railway station, take bus lines 502, 505, 506, 508 or 509, which all travel towards the city center.
When to Get There
The museum is open all year round (except for Christmas Eve), with slightly reduced hours in the winter. The databases for searching for family members are open in the afternoon. The museum is particularly popular during the summer months and school holidays and can be crowded. Last entrance is 60 minutes before closing.
The Best of Bremen
Bremen offers both a diverse cultural scene and a wealth of historical sights. Popular attractions include the 600-year-old Bremen City Hall, which boasts lofty arches and a Baroque facade; the 16th-century Bremen Roland statue; and Böttcherstrasse, a lane of 1920s houses and shops renowned for their art deco and expressionist architecture.