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Ruhr Museum Essen

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Address: Zeche Zollverein | Gelsenkirchener Str. 181, 45309 Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Phone Number: +49 0201 8845345
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A lot to process

The setting is spectacular as are the items on display. But it would be a great idea to follow the less is more adagium. A bit less to process would be great, especially if this... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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166 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The setting is spectacular as are the items on display. But it would be a great idea to follow the less is more adagium. A bit less to process would be great, especially if this is done in a way that the building and collection get the best out of each other.

Thank Adamgraffiti
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a nice museum for folks who are interested in the Ruhr region. It covers everything pretty much from the time that the Ruhrgebiet was located on the equator as part of Pangea to the present day. The location within a decommissioned mine building is both fitting and fascinating. We only allowed a couple of hours before embarking on... More 

Thank Robert R
Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

This museum has many standard items associated with mines, such as minerals and fossils, which nevertheless remain interesting. This museum has some extra special things on display though, particularly an 18-million year old calcified mushroom ('Becherschwamm'). In addition there is a human-historic part with stuff from WWII, mining equipment, and somewhat older items.

Essen, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

I've been there multiple times and it is still fascinating each time. It offers a lot of history all around Essen as well as Germany itself. Take you cam with you, there's a lot you might wanna keep for another while.

Thank Foody1991
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51 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Visit to Zollverein Coal Mine is incomplete without Ruhr Museum. Really great artifacts in both permanent and temporary museum. The approach to the museum is amazing

Thank abayoka
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

The Ruhr museum is set in an amazing building - the large open spaces and brightly lit staircases are impressive. There are many exhibitions about the culture of this region. Exhibits include fossils, stuffed animals, old manuscripts, modern photography, and a collection of various items which give a feel of life in the post-war years as mining became less important... More 

Thank ViridianCityCrew
Budapest, Hungary
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 221 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Originally we didn't planned to visit this museum, but we were already at the Zollverein - ok let's go. And how happy we were, that we did it. It is an amazing museum, which shows how you can turn from an industrial plant a modern museum. There are different levels, each well organized, and it is absolutely gorgious. We loved... More 

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Zabrze, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

It was my first visit with friends from Guido Coal Mine Zabrze, and I was very satisfied - the exhibitions are interesting and good organised with big collections. I would like to return there some day to spend more time in this place.

Thank Morgaine_Tudor
Moscow, Russia
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49 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

The ingenuity and vision to turn a huge coal plant into a modern art and museum complex is outstanding. The use of the space and the exhibits are so well done. I appreciate how they were sure to include the human experience is this powerful landscape. A great place to visit.

Thank Sheila J
Hartford, Connecticut, United States
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103 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

The Ruhr Museum wasn't on my to-do list in Germany, but I have friends who live in the city of Bochum and they recommended visiting it. I'm glad I made the trip. The Ruhr Museum provides a rich history about the coal mining industry as well as highlights the industrial revolution and showcases the impact on the region. I learned... More 

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