Deutsches Bergbau-Museum, Strecke im Anschauungsbergwerk, © Deutsches Bergbau-Museum/Helena Grebe

Ger­man Min­ing Mu­seum in Bo­chum

Leib­n­iz Re­search Mu­seum for Geo-Re­sources

The biggest min­ing mu­seum in the world im­press­ively demon­strates that no oth­er in­dustry is as closely as­so­ci­ated with the Ruhr Dis­trict as min­ing. Vis­it­ors can ex­per­i­ence up close what it was like to be a miner un­der­ground. The show pit, four ex­hib­i­tion tours and a large wind­ing tower can be viewed.

This is how it must have been when miners like Heinrich or Alfred fought their way through the longwall a thousand metres below ground. The sense of confinement in the dark shaft between the seams, the layers of earth and the rocks can already be felt at a depth of 20 metres. Along the way, visitors pass rail lines, pit lanterns and the never-ending conveyors. Labyrinthine passageways branch off to the left and right leading to new tunnels. Mighty heading machines and drill rigs are on display and visitors can discover historical pneumatic hammer and tunnel milling machines there.

The approximately two and a half kilometre long show pit allows the working conditions of miners in the past to be experienced in an impressive manner. It is one of the attractions of the Bochum institution, which is also a research institute for mining archaeology and archaeometry as well as a documentation centre and archive in the field of mining history.

Those interested in mining will find more than 3,000 important exhibits in the approximately 12,000 square metres of exhibition space aboveground, which demonstrate the development of the industry. Various finds, industry products and art objects have been on display since 2019 – after the permanent exhibition was redesigned – along the four tours, namely “Coal”, “Mining”, “Mineral Resources” and “Art”.

The absolute highpoints of the show are the heavy remains of a lepidodendron trunk with its branching roots, which came from the coal layers of Piesberg near Osnabrück, as well as former shaft hoisting machines and briquette presses.

The extension to the building, known as the “Black Diamond” because of its architecture, offers enough space for changing exhibitions and special formats. Visitors who would like to go up into the heights rather than deep underground can also reach the symbol of the museum by lift. The green winding tower, which originally came from the the former Germania colliery in Dortmund, provides a view of Bochum and the Ruhr District. Two viewing platforms at 50 and 62 metres respectively invite you to linger for a while.

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Deutsches Bergbau-Museum, Außenansicht, © Deutsches Bergbau-Museum/Karlheinz Jardner
Deutsches Bergbau-Museum, Gemälde im Rundgang Kunst, © Deutsches Bergbau-Museum/Helena Grebe
Deutsches Bergbau-Museum, Walzenschrämlader im Anschauungsbergwerk, © Deutsches Bergbau Museum/Karlheinz Jardner
Deutsches Bergbau-Museum, Stammrest einer Schuppenbaumes aus dem Karbonzeitalter, © Deutsches Bergbau-Museum/Helena Grebe
Deutsches Bergbau-Museum, Modell Tauchpumpe für Grubenwasser, © Deutsches Bergbau-Museum/Helena Grebe
Deutsches Bergbau-Museum, 180 Grad Leinwand im Forum, © Deutsches Bergbau-Museum/Helena Grebe
Deutsches Bergbau-Museum, Porzellan-Kabinett im Rundgang Kunst, © Deutsches Bergbau-Museum/Helena Grebe
Deutsches Bergbau-Museum, Rundgang Bergbau, © Deutsches Bergbau-Museum/Helena Grebe

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Deutsches Bergbau-Museum
Am Bergbaumuseum 28
44791 Bochum
Telephone: +49 234 5877-0
E-mail: info@bergbaumuseum.de

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Opening Hours

Tuesday 08:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:30 - 17:00
Thursday 08:30 - 17:00
Friday 08:30 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00
Holiday 10:00 - 17:00

Closed: New Year, Labour Day, Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, New Years Eve
Last pit tour: 15.30
Last tower tour: 16.30

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