Catching Awesomeness in the Internationales Maritimes Museum Hamburg

June 13, 15.30 Central European Time in Osakaallee bus stop. Beneath an 11 °C summer. Past Busanbrücke bridge. Some 11.000 kilometres away from Jakarta. We set foot on where “Hamburg’s maritime heart beats”.

Herzlich wilkommen in the Internationales Maritimes Museum Hamburg (IMMH), the first of special guests on Minutes4Bahari.

Your ticket and brochure, Ma’am!

IMMH is the “warehouse” of the world’s maritime history. If you have visited Jakarta’s Museum Bahari maritime museum or simply love the sea, you will find IMMH awesome too.

In this blog, you will see a similar IMMH post in Indonesian language. You know, Minutes4Bahari is written in English so that English-speaking readers are aware of just how interesting Indonesia’s maritime life could be.

However, we do something different now that special guests are “on board”. Equally, I hope that Indonesian-speaking readers are aware too of how interesting IMMH is.

Here you are, at the front of the Internationales Maritimes Museum Hamburg. Pictures taken by Ignatia Sukmawardhani and myself.

Getting away from the chilly wind, we rushed past a door that says “Eingang” to the ticketing desk. When asked where we come from, we said, “Jakarta.” Behind the desk, a member of the team of the museum identified the city as, “Indonesien.”


There is a nice feeling, as a tourist, when a person recognize where you come from.

After leaving our rucksacks in the locker (it takes a €1 or €2 coin to lock properly), we started the visit from up deck 7, using the elevator, then worked our way down deck by deck, using the stairs. For your information, IMMH has 9 decks with 9 different nautical themes.

Deck 7 is all about “Marine Exploration”. Specimens of curious marine life that came from ocean depth gave one mixed feelings. You can move too to a corner that showcases marine exploration via video. To remind you to a classic depiction of marine expedition on Tintin – Red Rackham Treasure, a steel diving suit is on exhibition!

Ship simulator and periscope are situated in deck 1, “Voyages of Discovery”. This grand ship model hangs up in the foyer. Pictures by Ignatia Sukmawardhani and myself.

Down to deck 6, “Modern Shipping”, we observed a recreated salle-à-manger aboard a cabin cruiser, with fancy tableware and a piano. Glamour of the past. Old posters advertise the operation of cruise ships across Europe, America, even Asia.

Deck 5 brings about “War and Peace” theme. Germany pioneered in developing war submarine, both in the First and Second World Wars. The technological advances made submarine a lethal weapon.

Meine Damen und Herren, this time a grim submarine.

On the opposite side, the 1,504 kilograms heavyweight torpedo DM2A1 Seal sits majestically. It is equipped with acoustic homing head and, at 18-knots speed, the weapon could reach approximately 29 kilometres.

DM2A1 Seal was developed and operated approximately in the 1970 by German Marine, or the Deutsche Marine. The name DM2A1, too, signifies something:
– DM stands for Deutsche Muster, or ‘German model’
– 2 means ‘sea-targeting torpedo’
– A1 means ‘the first development’

An explanation to the DM2A1 torpedo. But, the torpedo itself could not be captured because of dim lights. A schooner model inside a glass box (upper right). Beyond IMMH’s windows, Hamburg city view (lower right).

Frankly, your German language skill can help a lot to grasp the meaning in every exhibit’s written explanation. Certainly, brochures in English are provided to ease the pains of ignorance. An English audio guide is offered too for €3.50.

Now, a question arises. Once you arrive in Hamburg, how do you reach IMMH?

Well, we came from Elbphilharmonie, so we took bus number 111 from the Am Kaiserkai (Elbphilharmonie) stop. Ride approximately 5 stops then alight in Osakaallee bus stop.

If you are using the train network, then take the underground (untergrundbahn) and head to Überseequartier station. Expect to take a brief walk. Don’t worry, the outdoor surrounding is more than worth it to enjoy.

The museum opens Monday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


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