German Maritime Museum Bremerhaven Masterplan

Deutsches Schiffahrtsmuseum Bremerhaven
Working time:
2015 – 2017
8.000 sqm

Developing the masterplan and designing the permanent exhibition in the two existing buildings: scenography, graphic design, exhibition media, entrance area and museum shop.

IGLHAUT + von GROTE Ausstellungsgestaltung und Design / German Maritime Museum Bremerhaven Masterplan
Space allocation plan
Project text:

The overall project “Redesigning the German Maritime Museum” includes measures to renovate the building and set up a new permanent exhibition as well as construct a new exterior storage area. The refurbishment work, installation of exhibition fixtures and storage facilities will be carried out during the museum’s day-to-day operations. A process lasting several years, this places high demands on the reception logistics, including cash register, museum shop and cloakrooms, on altered visitor routes, changed pathways and workplaces for museum staff and, last but not least, on the communications and museum marketing brought about by the special conditions during the redesigning phase. The two museum buildings by Hans Scharoun (1975) and Dietrich Bangert (2000) are designed as daylight museums and thus create special conditions for the exhibition concept with regard to lighting and protecting exhibits.

In March 2017, the Kogge-Halle opened as the first construction phase, where visitors can experience the history and contexts of this unique exhibit in a newly designed exhibition all about the Bremer Kogge. The extension building (Bangert building, 2018/19) and the Scharoun building (2020) will be completed by 2020.

The overall exhibition is titled “Man and the Sea”. While the exhibition in the Bangert building focuses on the technical functions of ships, their construction methods, production chains and their environmental aspects, as well as raising questions about science and shipping using the example of a research vessel, the exhibition in the Scharoun building concentrates on the transporting of people and goods. The exhibition in the Bangert building focuses on ship technology, while the exhibition in the Scharoun building looks at economic and political aspects. As a link between the these two focal points of the exhibition, a module on one of the museum’s research topics – ships as media of the knowledge generation – is being developed. The overall exhibition distinguishes itself is distinguished by an object-based approach, and the way it looks at global history is marked by a cultural, social and scientific-historical perspective. Participatory and barrier-free access to the exhibition contents as well as the semi-permanent, dynamic concept of the new exhibition are characteristic of the creative approach.