German Emigration Centre Bremerhaven
Walk in the footsteps of historical emigrants and immigrants.
In the German Emigration Center visitors encounter the moving family stories of the emigrants – and also learn about the eventful paths of those who have made Germany their home since the 17th century. How does it feel to leave your homeland behind and to start off to a new life?
During a journey through the centuries visitors to the award-winning theme museum experience the farewell, the crossing and the arrival to the New World. On the life-like designed quay the sadness of the departure, the uncertainty, however also the hopes and dreams of the emigrants are intensely tangible. The journey comes to end in a reconstruction of Grand Central Terminal. Like no other location the magnificent New York train station is a symbol for the cultural diversity of the New World. Here you will learn how the emigrants, now being immigrants, settled in their new homeland, built themselves a new home and where they found work.
In the new wing the visitor will now in turn follow an immigrant on his/her path to Germany. In the authentic reconstruction of a shopping center from the year 1973 one can discover among the nostalgic sales articles memorabilia and traces of the immigrants. On a personal path the guests will learn the history of and stories about Germany's largest and most important immigrant groups.
Room stagings, sound installations and state-of-the-art museum technology allow for a journey through the centuries of migration history. At the end of the tour guests can search for their own emigrated relatives in two international databases and can also feel the charm of a movie house from the 1950ties in our Roxy-Cinema, where three short films portraying the fates of emigrants and their descendants are featured. Through special exhibitions, guided tours and seminars, the theme museum, which was awarded as the best museum in 2007, deals more in depth with special aspects concerning the topics of emigration and immigration.
The educational programme at the German Emigration Centre includes regular guided tours for children of all ages. The tours offer plenty of fun and fascinating insights into emigration and immigration. The children's museum also caters for children's birthdays.
The museum's Speisesaal restaurant serves a range of delicious American and north German specialities which can be enjoyed in the restaurant or on the terrace overlooking the harbour.
On 24th December the museum is closed.
Children (5-16 years) €8.80