German Emigration Center Bremerhaven
There was once a major emigration port in today’s Havenwelten district of Bremerhaven, where men, women and children would leave with all of their belongings in their suitcases. It was usually sheer necessity and desperation, rather than the spirit of adventure, that brought more than seven million people to Bremerhaven between 1830 and 1974. And it shaped the city: even back in 1850, Bremerhaven had 4,033 residents but almost 50,000 emigrants per year. Many were driven by a lack of land, unemployment and unequal civil rights, and came here to wait for the next ship.
The German Emigration Center today stands on this very same harbour basin, and its exhibition visualises the time when Bremerhaven was Germany’s largest emigration port. In an extension to the building, the interactive museum showcases the history of immigration to Germany in an exciting and informative way.
The German Emigration Center is not a museum in the standard sense of the word. It is an adventure that gets under your skin every step of the way – a place for reflection, research, remembrance, learning, experience and amazement. It is living history packaged as a timeless experience that attracts visitors from as far away as the USA to Bremerhaven.
You can find more in-depth information on the museum’s website.