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Hamburg: Emigrant Museum BallinStadt

BallinStadt Emigrant Museum opened in 2007 in Hamburg's Veddel district. The site was originally built by the HAPAG shipping company to accommodate the millions of Europeans departing for the New World. Learn all about the history of emigration, the way people travelled, and how their lives unfolded. You can even go in search of relatives in the huge research centre - with access to the world's largest genealogical database of over 600 million entries. Between 1850 and 1939, Hamburg was the last port of call for some five million people. They hoped for a better life in the "land of opportunity", fleeing political and religious persecution, or looking to escape poverty and starvation. With passenger lists detailing the destinations of over five million people, BallinStadt is a unique historical resource. Qualified staff are on hand to help you get the most from your visit. Open daily.