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Red Dot Design Museum

Address: Gelsenkirchener Str. 181, 45309 Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Phone Number: +49 0201 30104-60
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Ranked #10 of 77 things to do in Essen
Type: Museums
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San Jose, CA
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56 reviews 56 reviews
28 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Possibly the best part of the museum is the way the exhibits themselves have been arranged--it's a great example of excellent design. There's the frame of a car hanging from the ceiling, among other things.

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63 reviews 63 reviews
23 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Amazing collection of items including cars, white goods, shower accessories, medical equipment, buggies, rucksacks, chairs, domestic appliances, computer equipment, bikes, clothes, a gyrocopter, to name just some of the groups of items. If its won a design prize ever in the world its somewhere is in this museum. The power plant the items are displayed in is in itself fantastic... More 

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363 reviews 363 reviews
226 attraction reviews
195 helpful votes 195 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The museum is incorporated into the old power house of the large Zollverein coal mine. Rusty boilers and pipes mingle with smartly designed products from all areas of life. Bicycles, clothes, laboratory instruments, cooking utensils etc etc. All are best in their class and many have received special prizes. You walk through four floors (I think). Outside is the large... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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98 reviews 98 reviews
75 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

What's interesting about this museum are less the items on display, namely examples of good contemporary industrial design, but the venue itself and the exhibition concept. In fact, the Red dot museum is located in the power plant of the coal work Zeche Zollverein, which has been conserved as such. Thus, you find exhibits, that is design products, more or... More 

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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

It is the setting rather than the collection that makes the visit an incredible experience. The contrast between the design artifacts scattered in a cokes mine is just stunning.

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

The enormous Bauhaus style building has been turned into a huge display area for exhibits that are considered the best designs. The interior has been designed by Norman Foster and is vast; it's like a huge exhibition of sculpture. I was expecting more furniture - for me there were far too many electronic gadgets, shower heads and door handles -... More 

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Deventer, The Netherlands
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

Do you like Design? In this old Boilerroom is all that is NOW Beautifull. The Audi chassis out of Aluminum, pens, posters, Fridges, Lamps, bikes. All that is Nice and Design is in this building! only € 8 or visit the Musuem in Singapore :-)

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

I really enjoyed this museum more than I have anticipated. It was a surprisingly refreshing break from the many history and art museums that I have visited during my trip to Western Germany. This museum focused on the artistic aspect of functional design. It is pretty neat to see these modern designs against the weathered interior of the coal mine.... More 

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121 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

All the winners of the design awards are exposed here in the old mine. A greater contrast is nit possible. To visit this museum is a must. It is situated on the site of the Zollverein Coal Mine in Essen.

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Munich, Germany
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

Four floors of every day objects designed in a really pleasant way. Gave us lots of ideas for remodeling.

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