History of the collection

At the end of the 19th century the local history association calling itself "The Men of  Morgenstern" put together a collection of prehistoric finds and ethnological objects, which formed the basis of the museum's collection. At the beginning of the 20th century the municipal Morgenstern Museum expanded the collection, adding a scientific section which dealt mainly with the geology of the region.

At the end of the Second World War many of the exhibits were destroyed in a fire. When rebuilding the collection it was  decided to forego the scientific section and instead to add a section about the history of shipping. This section was given to the German Maritime Museum when it was opened at the beginning of the 1970s.

When the new museum building was opened in 1991, the museum entered another new phase. It no longer consists of specific individual sections, but instead presents an overall picture of the historical context and chronology of Bremerhaven and the surrounding area along with special themes that are of relevance to the social and cultural development.