Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe

The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg is one of the most important museums for applied art today. The museum was founded in the second half of the 19th century, just like most of the other museums in North America and Europe.

Thanks to the effort of a young lawyer and art critic Justus Brinckmann (1843-1915) the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe was established. He saw it as an important goal to improve the artistic quality of craftwork by putting together a collection of exemplary work worthy of emulation, and to “improve the taste” of the public at large.

Besides exhibition of contemporary art and crafts and industrial products, lectures and a library complement the offer of the Museum. 

1988 Wilhelm Hornbostel took over as director of the museum and continued the work of his predecessors. Several private donations and foundations support the work of the Museum.

General Information

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg
20099 Hamburg
+49 (0)40 428 134 27 32
+49 (0)40 428 134 28 34

Opening hours
Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-18:00 h
Thursday 10:00-21:00 h