I enjoy visiting museums, which deal with other topics than the ones you find practically everywhere – arts, technology, biology, history, etc. Having a museum about spices is thus a thing I really had to have a look into. Hamburg, one of the key German trading places, feel to be the perfect location for Spicy’s Gewürzmuseum or Spicy’s Spices Museum. The name “Spicy’s” refers to a brand, which is mixing and selling spices. Hope you enjoy.
Spicy’s Spices Museum – Location & Admission
Spicy’s Gewürzmuseum is located at the Speicherstadt district of Hamburg. This also means that there are numerous key sights of the city in short walking distance, e.g. the amazing Miniatur Wunderland, Yullbe Wunderland, the Elbphilharmonie or the museum ships. Ther closest bus connection is Am Kaiserkai (Elbphilharmonie), which is serving bus lines 2 and 111. Tram and local rail connections depart from Baumwall or Landungsbrücken.
The museum is opening daily from 10:00 to 17:00 hrs. Adult admission is 5 Euro. A small bag of pepper is your official admission tickets. Fun fact: kids pay less, but therefor also “just” get a small bag of gummi bears. The museum is located in a storage building, you need to take two levels of stairs up to reach it. Interestingly, there is another spice trader on the opposite side of that floor.
Spicy’s Spices Museum – The Visit
As said, the museum is about half of the floor of a former harbor storage building, so the place is not overwhelmingly large and quite packed. There is sufficient documentation in German and English, you may also go for a digital guide. Due to the narrow space, it is not too easy to get into the structure of the museum. In fact they introduce you to quite a range of spices, original ones as well as blends and processed spices like spicy sauces. This part did not thrill me that much, but I liked how the museum explains the trade of spices (of course, also with a certain focus on the role of Hamburg). Another interesting part is about the processing and handling of spices.
In fact they introduce you to quite a range of spices, original ones as well as blends and processed spices like spicy sauces. This part did not thrill me that much, but I liked how the museum explains the trade of spices (of course, also with a certain focus on the role of Hamburg). Another interesting part is about the processing and handling of spices. I also liked the way the Spicy’s Spice Museum illustrates the importance of the good in culture. They have household items, but even some board games in their exhibition.
Spicy’s Spices Museum – Services & Shopping
The staff was not overwhelmingly friendly. Close to the entrance, you can taste / smell spices. The rationale behind it is marketing – most of the area is nothing but a shop for the company’s very own products. I personally prefer other high quality spices brands, but you might love this opportunity to stock up for some delicious future meals.
The (single cabin) toilet is located half a floor downstairs from the museum. You need a key to get there, which you receive at the reception. On weekends and other higher visitor periods, you practically rather queue and take the key from the previous patron. As you see on the picture below, the state of the toilet was disgusting. Being a grey and ugly place might just be due to the architecture of the building, but there was neither soap nor disinfection liquid (during Covid-19 times) nor towels (if you don’t count toilet paper as such). This place reminded me of some really bad US gas station restrooms.
Spicy’s Spices Museum – My View
Hpnestly, I expected more of that place. They do have a nice collection and try to do best out of the limited space. But I feel the limitations are just too heavy – and finally, the museum also needs some space to serve as a factory sale-alike place for the brand. This leads to too many conflicts in the design of the museum. Last, but not least, there is the toilet. Horrible service to the customer in the loo review category.
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