Art Scene and Galleries in Hamburg

The Hamburg Metropolitan Region offers art treasures, museums and exhibitions. The regions’ over 300 museums alone attract more than 2.5 million visitors every year, and no less than 1.4 million of them just for the sixty or so in Hamburg. The Long Night of the Museums has been held since 2,000, and in 2012 attracted around 30,000 people.

Hamburg's Kunstmeile

Several museums with a total exhibition area of over 30,000 square metres line Hamburg’s "Kunstmeile" on both sides of the main train station in the heart of the city. In the course of 2017, more than 1 million people visited the five museums and exhibition halls of the Kunstmeile Hamburg. Under the umbrella of Kunstmeile Hamburg, the Kunsthalle Hamburg, the Museum of Arts and Crafts Hamburg, the Bucerius Kunst Forum, the Deichtorhallen Hamburg and the Kunstverein Hamburg have joined forces to position themselves within the Hamburg Metropolitan Region and beyond.  At a price of 25 euro, the 3-day pass is ideal for a city break in Hamburg with a cultural twist.

While renovation and modernisation measures at the Kunsthalle, the Museum of Arts and Crafts, the Deichtorhallen and the Kunstverein have been completed, the Bucerius Kunst Forum will be welcoming guests to its spacious new premises on Alter Wall in autumn 2018. The Kunstmeile's institutions present contemporary and historic art across all media types and are providing an exciting and varied exhibition programme also in 2018.

From 08 August to 07 October 2018, the Kunstverein will be presenting The Critical Dictionary of Southeast Asia - Vol. 3: N for Names of HO TZU NYEN in cooperation with the Summer Festival Kampnagel. From 29 June, the Kunsthalle Hamburg will be showing Nature Unleashed – The Image of Catastrophe since 1600, a large-scale exhibition on the topic of natural catastrophes spanning several epochs and different media. The exhibition MOBILE WORLDS or the Museum of the transcultural present is presented in the Museum of Arts and Crafts (13 April to 14 October 2018). Meanwhile, the Bucerius Kunst Forum will explore the boundaries between artistic and commercial photography with its exhibition Anton Corbijn. The Living and the Dead (7 June to 16 September 2018). Further information on the Kunstmeile pass as well as upcoming exhibitions at the five Kunstmeile venues is available online at

Hamburg’s gallery scene – diverse and cosmopolitan

Alongside the established art scene, a diverse gallery scene has established itself in Hamburg. The city hosts more than 50 galleries in total, with the highest concentration of exhibitions to be found in the Fleetinsel area and the Kontorhaus district. Yet also in other districts of the city do Hamburg gallery owners provide room for the fine arts and current trends. For an overview of galleries and events, please visit

Triennial of Photography Hamburg

The topic of the 7th Triennial of Photography Hamburgs is BREAKING PONT. SEARCHING FOR CHANGE and takes place from 7th June until September 2018. Find out more on:

(Galerie Affenfaust / Facebook)

Inbetween 18th to 28th June 2015 Hamburg became the center of photography in Germany for the sith time. The Triennial of Photography was conceived by eight Hamburg museums in cooperation with the internationally renowned photography curator Krzysztof Candrowicz.

Under the banner of THE DAY WILL COME this festival edition revolved around the future of photography and the future IN photography itself: hopes that come alive, visions that come true, beauty that touches us and images we share with one another. The epicenter of the festival was a container village on Deichtorplatz featuring exhibitions by ten European photo festivals and photo schools. As international partner New York’s Photoville Brooklyn festival will present contemporary American photography. Accompanied by over 30 satellite shows, workshops, panel discussions, artist talks, nighttime projections, parties, and activities for children and teenagers, the 2015 Triennial was a true celebration of photography.

(Strangers in the Light #1 2009 / Catherine Balet)