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“World's Largest Mining Museum”

Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum
Ranked #1 of 36 things to do in Bochum
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Owner description: The extraction, processing and utilization of mineral geo-resources, subsumed here under the term ‘mining’, is a subject with great significance for the development of human civilization. The global importance of mining is increasing today, and will no doubt continue to do so in future. This is clear from the political campaigns and the intense media reactions associated with issues of raw material supplies and shortages, and also resource conservation (recycling and the use of renewable energy sources). The work of the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum, as the leading international museum on the mining industry, takes place within this socially relevant context. As one of the Leibniz Association’s research museums, the DBM is devoted to investigating the extraction, processing and utilization of mineral raw materials in the context of social, cultural, ecological and economic dynamics, spanning different historical periods. The museum shows the lasting impact which these processes have had on the development of society, and preserves relevant evidence for future generations. In short: The Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum is the cultural memory of the mining industry.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage
Reviewed February 14, 2012

The world's largest mining museum is THE must-see destinations in Bochum. One can easily spend an entire day exploring floor after floor of exhibits detailing the history and technology of mining in the world. But a good 2-3 hours will give you a nice overview and give you time to take a guided tour going down 20 m below surface to see an exemplary mining shaft. That was definitely the highlight of our visit for the adults as much as for the kids in our family.

After getting the feel of the underground work do not miss the opportunity to go up the headframe. If the weather cooperates you get some nice views from the top.

The exhibits in the main building are extensive! As interesting as they are the presentation does feel a bit dusty and could probably use some updating to make it a bit more accessible for today's public.

The guided tours are in German only. However, visitors can ask for English info sheets to take along. On weekends, the underground exhibit can be explored with audio guides which are available in English as well. Groups can book guided tours in English with advance notice.

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Reviewed January 8, 2012

If you visit Bochum and have a day spare time you should visit the "Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum" which is one of the most famous museums of coal mining at all. This also represents the whole "Ruhr Area" because of it´s huge coal mining past, that this area is known and famous for!

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Reviewed December 17, 2011

The Mining (Bergbau) museum has a complete mine reconstructed in the basement which shows the big machinery and gives an impression how it is to be in a mine.
Further there is a large exposition of tools, history and minerals.
A very interesting museum for the whole family, especially for children to learn about mining.
Only bad part is that everything is in German, nothing in English.

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