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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 12, 2015
Beryl R
Johannesburg, South Africa
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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138 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 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 

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Dusseldorf, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 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
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

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

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 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 209 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 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 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

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Moncton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

The whole complex in which this museum is situated is interesting. The museum features award winning design from cutlery to helicopters. Great layout. explanations are in english as well as German. Eclectic array of objects. Very interesting. We enjoyed it a lot.

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San Jose, CA
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29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 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.

Thank jde1953
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101 reviews
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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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