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Red Dot Design Museum

Gelsenkirchener Str. 181, 45309 Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
+49 0201 30104-60
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Ranked #10 of 49 Attractions in Essen
Type: Museums
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Aberdeen
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53 reviews 53 reviews
18 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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Stockholm
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327 reviews 327 reviews
201 attraction reviews
176 helpful votes 176 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
63 helpful votes 63 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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Amsterdam
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78 reviews 78 reviews
25 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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Holland
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197 reviews 197 reviews
118 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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