Museum Building


The Peter Tamm Sen. Foundation was established on December 10th 2002 in the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. Its preamble provides information concerning its goals and purpose:

“Throughout my life I, Peter Tamm Sen., have compiled a comprehensive collection on the subject of international shipping and naval history with the intention of preserving history and making it experienceable for future generations.”

„I strongly believe that it is among the responsibilities of every mature citizen to preserve history, to learn from history and to remember historical events in order to participate in shaping the future.“

Prof. Tamm in front of a wall listing donors and patrons of the museum

„I Peter Tamm Sen. established the ‘Peter Tamm Sen. Foundation’ with the aim to inspire and enthuse future generations with shipping and navigation and to emphasise its importance for the prosperity of the world’s population. It is my intention to help make history tangible through documents, to enable scientific research, to conserve art and culture as the historical conscience of a nation and there by to learn, free from political influence and historical conscience.“

Our Patrons

Thanks to the support of numerous donors and patrons the International Maritime Museum Hamburg could be established. The Peter Tamm Sen. Foundation extends special thanks to

Bernhard Schulte GmbH & Co. KG
capiton AG
Georg W. Claussen
Germanischer Lloyd AG
Deutsche Bahn AG
Deutsche Schiffsbank AG
Deutsche Shipping
Peter Döhle Schiffahrts-KG
Gebr. Heinemann
Petra und Joachim Herz
HSH Nordbank AG
Ernst Peter Komrowski
Leonhardt & Blumberg Reederei
Mabanaft GmbH & Co. KG
Otto Wulff Bauunternehmung
Reederei Claus-Peter Offen
Nikolaus W. Schües & Nikolaus H. Schües, Partner i. Fa. F. Laeisz
Deutsche Afrika-Linien John T. Essberger
STIFTUNG MARITIM, Hermann & Milena Ebel
ORION BULKERS GmbH & Co. KG, Stephan Reith
Bertram R.C. Rickmers
STIFTUNG Hans-Otto und Engelke Schümann
Marquard & Bahls AG
Erck Rickmers
Senator a. D. Dr. Wolfgang Peiner
Peter Tamm jun.
Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz
Verwaltungsgesellschaft ICL Holding mbH
Hapag Lloyd AG
Klaus-Michael Kühne Stiftung

and the Freundeskreis des International Maritime Museum Hamburg e.V.