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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 #9 of 49 Attractions in Essen
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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Dallas, Texas
19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

The Ruhr Museum is a great place to have a rich historical experience. It is not a boring place that only people interested in history would enjoy. It includes a large variety of exhibits and explains how the Ruhr mining area affected the development of the surrounding areas. It has all of the old mining machinery intermixed with modern lighting... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The entrance fee is 8 euros for adultes and 5 euro for students. If you are interested in the industrial development of this area you should definitely go and spend a nice afternoon. You will need around 4 hours to have a whole tour and it is really interactive and fun there. Enjoy it

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The Ruhrmuseum is a place that can keep busy a whole family, including young children, half a day at least. It is interesting from its content especially for the foreign tourist because it offers explenataions in English aside to German. Children get at the entrance a research kit with tasks , that actively involves them and intensify their experience. After... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

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
2 reviews
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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106 reviews 106 reviews
39 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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48 reviews 48 reviews
12 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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98 reviews 98 reviews
75 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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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Top Contributor
189 reviews 189 reviews
103 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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