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Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum

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Neighbourhood: Mitte
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Address: Am Bergbaumuseum 28, 44791 Bochum, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
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+49 234 58770
08:30 - 17:00
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Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:00

The extraction, processing and utilization of mineral geo-resources,...

The extraction, processing and utilization of mineral geo-resources, subsumed here under the term ‘mining’, is a subject with great significance for the development of human civilization.

The global importance of mining is increasing today, and will no doubt continue to do so in future. This is clear from the political campaigns and the intense media reactions associated with issues of raw material supplies and shortages, and also resource conservation (recycling and the use of renewable energy sources). The work of the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum, as the leading international museum on the mining industry, takes place within this socially relevant context.

As one of the Leibniz Association’s research museums, the DBM is devoted to investigating the extraction, processing and utilization of mineral raw materials in the context of social, cultural, ecological and economic dynamics, spanning different historical periods. The museum shows the lasting impact which these processes have had on the development of society, and preserves relevant evidence for future generations.

In short: The Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum is the cultural memory of the mining industry.

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Nice cultural historical site

Great location to see the industrial revelation of the Ruhr area. Very interesting for kids to understand how the mining worked in the early days. What was disappointing no other... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Frank v
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Bochum, Germany
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum is honestly pointless. Nothing is labelled and there's no information so you just end up walking around in the dark and dirt looking at big contraptions thinking 'neat' for an hour. Would not advice if you have health conditions as it gets really hot in the pretend elevator and I nearly fainted.

Thank mjles2017
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great location to see the industrial revelation of the Ruhr area. Very interesting for kids to understand how the mining worked in the early days. What was disappointing no other language available other then German

Thank Frank v
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 April 2017

We spent an excellent couple of hours at this museum on 23rd March 2017. The tour below ground is very well laid out taking you through mining through the ages. The guide spoke entirely in German but we were given a booklet with some English information but it would not take a lot to have an English audio or more... More 

Thank Brian L
Alexandroupoli, Greece
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Reviewed 25 March 2017

My Grandfather used to work in a coal mine for 20 years, so a visit to this museum was a great honor for me. The tunnels, the machines, everything were amazing, driving us back to the "black" years my opa had described us so many times. I will be back...

Thank IliasM2
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Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

This was our second time visiting the museum. We really like the educational aspect of how mining shaped this region, and how it has changed through time. Really liked the new simulator! Beautiful views of the city from the top.

Thank traveler_71_Caguas
Frankfurt, Germany
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Reviewed 6 February 2017

Explored the site on our own and lived the miners' daily routine from the changing room and the ride in the lift to working the heavy jackhammers ourselves down in the mine and a well deserved lunch with local dishes at the cafeteria. Explanations are in German and English. And even without understanding a word, I'd still highly recommend the... More 

Thank Hans B
Frankfurt, Germany
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Reviewed 12 January 2017

Absolutely amazing. We walked around alone (without a group) and there were no English signs, however, on all the important equipment there was an option for hearing the history and use of the objects. On every big piece of machinery there was a language option and it was very clearly explained :) I highly recommend it for non-claustrophobic people :)

Thank theodorakou
Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 12 October 2016

If you do not understand the German language, you will feel a little out of touch. We Did the tour which in itself and visually was very interesting however there is no signage or a glimpse of English anywhere. We asked whether they had at minimum a pamphlet and no luck. If they invested in English narrated headsets, I really... More 

Thank cro_sandy72
Springfield, Illinois
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Reviewed 13 September 2016

This museum of coal mining has potential. It is set up to portray reality and does a pretty good job.The biggest problem is lack of Bi lingual materials. The film could be subtitled in English, and signs posted along the guided tour route in other languages. There is a nice variety of descrition of coal mining . The view from... More 

Thank Jane S
Riga, Latvia
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Reviewed 12 September 2016

I strongly advise to take the guided tour for underground. Our guide was a miner and in a simple language (German, though) explained their everyday work and could answer practical questions of curious visitors. After the tour I understood much more of the exhibition in the museum than before the tour. Time passed so fast there.

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