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Ruhr Museum Essen

Zeche Zollverein | Gelsenkirchener Str. 181, 45309 Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
+49 0201 8845345
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Ranked #7 of 33 attractions in Essen
Type: Museums
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Secret
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Yes, it had some pretty lights running throughout. But ultimately, was this a very interesting museum? The answer to that would be a no. One of the items on exhibition was a bowl of soup. That sums it all up to me - it's so dull, they have to resort to everyday meals to fill gaps. Before we even entered... More

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Hadera, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

As I see it, the site itself is an attraction. Walking around the huge buildings - the coal yard facilities and the power plant makes you understand the transaction the energy industry has witnessed. The scale is impressive, an ideal place to shoot the next 007 movie…. I'm not fan of museums, but this place is an exceptional one.

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Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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46 reviews 46 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

The Ruhr Museum is huge and covers so many matters that a quick visit will easily take four hours. The building is wonderful to walk around and although it's a long way up, the view from the roof - at 45m high - is worth the climb. There is a reasonable amount of information in English for those that don't... More

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

The museum focuses not only on the mining industry, but also on the area's place in history. There's a bit of a mixture and I think most people would find something interesting here. It's over 3 main floors and about 50% of the info given is also translated into English. I paid €8 for a basic entry, which didn't include... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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97 reviews 97 reviews
75 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

are the dominant colours of the Ruhr Museum. Orange is the colour of hot steel, black the colour of coal. Rem Kohlhaas has chosen these colours in the redesign of old coal plant of the Zeche Zollverein into a museum. The exhibition areas are thus located in the machine rooms of the old coal plant. The scenography was well integrated... More

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Nottinghamshire
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134 reviews 134 reviews
66 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013 via mobile

My Dad was a coal miner so this was a must on our tour of the Ruhr Valley. For 14 euro you get a ticket that covers most of the site which is enormous. So much machinery and history has been preserved. The coking plant is a owner in itself and we spent ages wandering around it then going into... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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16 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

HUGE museum, really smartly designed....nice tying together of the history, science, and culture of the region in such a visually and sensorial amazing way. Plan to spend a whole day easily. Difficult to find, and signage could be much better, and snack stand staff could be nicer. Great view from roof, great shop, really one of my favorite things this... More

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Montreal, Canada
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68 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

Unless you are totally interested in mining and such, this may not be for you. The environment (and the admission area) is as cold as the mine area. To go in the museum you have first to go up the elevator (something like 5 stories high or whatever) - and on the day I visited it was out of action,... More

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Hong Kong, China
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

The whole museum looks cool in every way. Cool design with heavy industrial style. All the exhibitions display in a nice way. Yet, most of the sub-titles or contents are in German only. Quite inconvenient to those who don't know German. Last but the least, must-go: Panorama at 45m Level! Gorgeous!!

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

We went with a party of friends to visit the Ruhr museum. It's housed in a former colliery and the building is enormous! It was great to go inside and get a feel of the scale of things and imagine the incredible noise the machinery must have made. We got the audio guide in English which was very informative and... More

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