New maritime museum in German port

A renovated 10-story warehouse is home to the newest museum in the German port city of Hamburg.

The International Maritime Museum opened to the public this month, offering a collection of 1,000 model ships, 5,000 maritime paintings and various maritime artifacts.

The private enterprise is that of Peter Tamm, 80, who has been collecting such memorabilia for decades. It is a supplement to Hamburg's waterfront attractions such as canal tours and preserved ships open to the public. It also has museums of emigration and ship loading and unloading. Another museum, presently undergoing renovation, details the history of the customs service.

Tamm also has a collection of 36,000 miniature ships. He also owns 1,000 larger naval-architecture models, some models in ivory and gold.
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