Money scales housed in ornately designed boxes were used by merchants
to detect counterfeit and clipped gold coins. Examples of these money
scales are just one of the many numismatic displays visitors to the
Hamburg History Museum can examine.
Hamburg is Germany’s second largest city after Berlin and lays claim
to the world’s second oldest bank. The city is located along the River
Elbe and it served as a major center for medieval fairs.
The Hamburg History Museum was established at its current location
in 1922 in the St. Pauli neighborhood. As a history museum that
chronicles the birth of Hamburg to the present, it highlights the
city’s role in shipping and banking.
The major numismatic exhibition is on the first floor (second level)
in Das Jahrhundert der Reformation (The Century of the Reformation)
wing, which leads to the Hamburg in der frühen Neuzeit (Hamburg in the
Early Modern Period) area.
How to get there
The museum is at Holstenwall 24, and is easily reached either from
the St. Pauli stop on the U3 U-Bahn (Yellow) line a block around the
corner, or via the No. 112 bus at the Hamburgmuseum stop in front of
Like most European venues, it is closed on Monday, as well as Jan.
1, May 1, Dec. 24 and Dec. 31.
The museum is handicap accessible, has a cafe, book shop and
library, and photography (without flash) is permitted. The English
website is www.hamburgmuseum.de/en/index.htm.