The Air-Raid Shelter Museum
We present to our visitors the Air-raid Shelter Museum, the restoration of which was completed in 1997. It is the only one of its kind to be found in the City of Hamburg.
The Museum is only part of our work. The team at the Record Office of Hamm District has a lot more to offer for you. We are one of fourteen Record Offices located in Hamburg.
You have the possibility to download our prospect: Flyer (300 KB).
Please note that we don't have any toiletts in the shelter.
If you are in the mood to read a little more, just take a look at the experiences of a member from a guided tour.
The Air-raid Shelter Museum is situated in the district of Hamm, close to the City Centre. The underground 4 chamber air-raid shelter from 1940/41 has been restored to its original state with re-built furniture so that the building itself constitutes an essential part of the whole exhibition.
Interior View of the Air-raid Shelter
The air-raid shelter consists of an entrance area with steps going down, and a gas-proof lock leading to 4 elongated chambers (6 feet wide, 56 feet long and 7 feet high) each seating 50 persons. One emergency exit served all 4 chambers. Building took place between April 1940 and April 1941. The walls are made of 3 feet thick reinforced concrete. The shelter is approximately 15 feet underground.
The items on show include many personal reports by people who lived through the air-raids in Hamburg, as well as stories from citizens who experienced air-raids in the Holborn district of London. Other information concerns air-raid precautions and the different types of air-raid shelters in use at that time. Numerous exhibits and documents intensify the presentation which is enhanced by many large-scale photographs.
Thursday from 10 - 12 a.m. and 3 - 6 p.m.
Admission charges: EUR 3.00. Children up to 12 years: EUR 1.50.
- groups up to 20 visitors: EUR 90.00.
- groups up to 30 visitors: € 120,00.
- school classes: EUR 3.00 per person (min. 50.00 EUR per whole school class).
- weekend and evening: groups up to 30 visitors: EUR 150.00.
Guided tours (about 1½ hours) can be arranged upon request.
You can reach the museum either by underground (line U2, station Rauhes Haus) or by bus (line 116, bus stop Rauhes Haus).
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Our intention is to enable everybody interested in history to get aquainted with historical events especially by studying personel reports of contemporary witnesses. History constitutes itself of numerous single experiences. Our work is to investigate, to record and to present them to a wider public.
One of our main topics of our work is the Second World War. We are especially interested in showing clearly to young people, who were not forced to experience war, that wars cannot represent ways and means for arguing. Those young people do not know how much their parents and grandparents had to suffer, they do not know anything about their former erverday life, and our Air-raid Shelter Museum gives them the chance to have a look "inside".
By the way, if you are looking for historical photos: you find them in our files. At the time being, our photo files include about 30.000 prints which are arranged according to street names and mostly come from private property. They may be checked through and prints may be ordered during the opening hours of the Record Office of Hamm District (Tuesday 10 to 12 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. as well as Thursday 10 to 12 a.m.).