The Maritime World of Experience was financed by the European Union (European Fund for Regional Development), the state of Lower Saxony, the Emsland district and the city of Papenburg.
Papenburg is known as an innovative and important shipyard location for cruise ships. How did it come about that one of the largest shipyards in the world - the Meyer Werft - is located in the town of Papenburg with its 40,000 inhabitants - a good 40 kilometres from the coast? In “Maritime Erlebniswelt” we tell the story of the town of Papenburg since its foundation in 1631, its development into the oldest and longest “Fehnkolonie” in Germany and, of course, about shipbuilding. After all, seafaring and the construction of wooden and steel ships shaped the history of the town and the stories of its inhabitants and continue to do so until today. Come along on an exciting journey through “Maritime Erlebniswelt” and discover Papenburg on various routes!
On the ground floor, the history of Papenburg is presented in a lively way. On the first floor you will learn everything about wooden shipbuilding in Papenburg on an interactive learning journey. On the second floor you can continue with a learning journey about steel shipbuilding. The easiest way to explore the museum is with the MEW Papenburg app, which you can download onto your smartphone. The app provides you with lots of interesting information about our city via QR codes.
The “Maritime Erlebniswelt” is suitable for young and old, for technology enthusiasts as well as for people who simply want to experience a museum by reading and looking. Furthermore, we also offer people with impairments (hearing, vision, mobility and cognitive impairments) the opportunity to explore our museum. We have been certified for this accessibility by “Reisen für alle” (Travelling for All).
Nevertheless, once you have explored our museum in detail that is by no means the end. Everything you have discovered in “theory” in our museum, you can also explore in real life on various discovery routes in the city of Papenburg. Look at the ship replicas in the Papenburg canals or follow the path of peat from extraction in the “Von Velen Anlage” to loading in the harbour. As you can see, Papenburg is worth a visit. Come and see our beautiful city!
High season (1 April – 31 October)
Tue – Sun 10:00 – 17:00 (last admission: 16:00)
Closed on Mondays
Open on the following public holidays: 1 May, Ascension Day, Corpus Christi
Low season (1 November – 31 March)
Tue – Fri 10:00 – 17:00 (last admission: 16:00)
Closed Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays
Pupils from 6 years, students, trainees, people with disabilities
Family rate 2 adults + children
Groups of 15 or more
School classes, unemployment benefit recipients
Infants up to 5 years, persons accompanying people with disabilities