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Red Dot Design Museum

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Address: Gelsenkirchener Str. 181, 45309 Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Phone Number: +49 0201 30104-60
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Cool Stuff; Awesome Display!

We loved this museum. Where else can you see perfectly-lit award-winning bathtub designs hanging in the decaying carcas of a decommissioned coal mine? For folks interested in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Robert R
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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166 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A bit weird to pay for looking at a sort of commercial presentation of thousands of Red Dot designs ranging from bathtubs to water glasses. The setting is spectacular though, inside the old industrial Zollverein Bauhaus architecture

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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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267 reviews
99 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We loved this museum. Where else can you see perfectly-lit award-winning bathtub designs hanging in the decaying carcas of a decommissioned coal mine? For folks interested in industrial design, the wide array of products and the innovative display and the juxtaposition witty the structure make this a "must see". For the rest of us, it's just plain cool. While there,... More 

1 Thank Robert R
Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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325 reviews
325 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

The museum is situated in an interesting industrial building. There are a few interesting items visible, such as a car hanging from the roof, and some modern design items. However, much of the exhibition consists of outdated computers and other technology. This is too recent to activate lost memories - I think it will take a few more decades before... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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138 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

This museum is the best part of the old coal mine to visit. The exhibitions are so innovative, so different and your imagination gets captured by the sheer cleverness of everything displayed. There are some really brilliant creative people out there who think of absolutely everything down to the smallest details. Don't rush around this museum, it takes time to... More 

1 Thank Beryl R
Dusseldorf, Germany
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19 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

The only words coming to my mind when I think about the Red dot museum are "wired" and "surreal". Still the car hanging from the ceiling in the first hall is already worth the entrance fee!

Thank vizho
Cairo, Egypt
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015 via mobile

I visited the museum at end of July this year. I loved the idea of using the coal mine industrial complex as a showroom for the winning products... I loved the different ways of displaying the products... I was inspired by the best of the best products...

Thank Mhegazy30980
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 via mobile

Had an enjoyable family day out at the museum and enjoyed seeing the different objects on display. While exploring the museum I was impressed with the innovation of many of the designs, however many of the objects lacked proper explanation, which was a drawback. Had the museum included more information alongside the objects, and compared them to similar objects of... More 

Thank Gemma D
Groningen, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 via mobile

The prize winning products displayed in this museum range from sofas to airplane hulls and from sinks to jewelry. It is a nicely laid out museum in an impressive out-of-commision industrial building. All products displayed here are excellent or groundbreaking in their own way. This relates to the major downfall of this museum: the lack of information on the products... More 

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Budapest, Hungary
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1,196 reviews
961 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 221 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We already knew, that this is "the cathedral of the industrial culture", but what we saw was beyond any believe. The building was the energy central of the coal mine. In the middle of the 1990 years Norman Foster British architect desinged the whol concept for the museum - keeping the old structures, and added new elements. On 4 floors... More 

Thank 545medva
Melbourne, Australia
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144 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

The re development of this old coal mining site is something to behold...this was our third winning visit....such incredible innovative designs from all over the World

1 Thank Grant M

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