A visit to the “palace of industry”: Zollern Colliery
LWL-Industriemuseum Zeche Zollern
A guided tour of a showpiece of industrial heritage: encountering art nouveau at a Dortmund coal mine
When visitors arrive at this former coal mine, they rightly expect to see the dust-blackened remnants of hard industry. But a surprise awaits at Zollern Colliery in Dortmund. The engine house with its impressive art nouveau entrance is a showpiece steel and glass structure which would not look out of place in an aristocratic mansion. Today, the engine house and the other surface installations have become emblems of Dortmund’s industrial heritage. Experience the grand style and culture of prestige of the Ruhr Area coal mines with a group tour of the former Zollern Colliery.
Gelsenkirchener Bergwerks AG became Germany’s number one mining company when it constructed the Zollern II/IV Colliery between 1898 and 1904. The owners’ self-assurance and desire for prestige led them to demand an imposing design with state-of-the-art technology. The palatial complex became the high-profile model mine of its era. Nowadays, visitors come to admire the architecture of the surface installations and view the original machinery and equipment sourced from other mines.
The guided tour gives an insight into the main facilities of Zollern Colliery: the wages hall, pithead baths, lamp room, old administration building and shaft house. The engine room with its impressive art nouveau entrance can also be viewed from the outside.
The permanent exhibition of the site’s Industrial Museum reveals what life was like for the miners: hard work in low light and dusty conditions, health and workforce problems, deadly accidents, worries about wage cuts and increased work pressure. But it also recalls the progress made in the industry: improved working conditions with better lighting, longer life expectancy thanks to medical care, reduced accident rates once protective clothing and mine rescue teams had been introduced, and above all thorough training and the development of corporate social policy.
Included in the package
- A guided tour of the surface installations of Zollern Colliery
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday and public holidays from 10:00 to 18:00, last admission 17:30
Closed on mondays
Dining options: The “Pferdestall” museum restaurant with beer garden and function room for up to 110 people serves Westphalian specialities and international cuisine.
Accessibility: The LWL-Industriemuseum is certified under the federal “Reisen für Alle” (Travel for All) initiative.
Transport: The Zollern Colliery is easily reached by car and public transport. The nearest bus stops are “Industriemuseum Zollern” and “Bövinghauser Straße”, and the regional train line RB43 stops at “Dortmund-Bövinghausen” (10 minutes’ walk).
DATES & PRICES
01.01.2016 - 31.12.2019
Duration in days
EUR 52.00 plus admission
Please note that this guided tour can only be booked for groups.
Adults: EUR 4.00,
Children up to 17 years old and school-goers: EUR 2.00
Concession: EUR 2.50
Groups of 16 or more: EUR 3.50 per person
Booking: Please call the following number to book your place on the guided tour: +49 (0)231/6961-211 during office hours (Mo-Fr 9:30 to 12:30 plus Mo-Th from 14:00 to 15:30)