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Review of Ruhr Museum

Ruhr Museum
Ranked #8 of 79 things to do in Essen
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed July 11, 2013

Unless you are totally interested in mining and such, this may not be for you. The environment (and the admission area) is as cold as the mine area. To go in the museum you have first to go up the elevator (something like 5 stories high or whatever) - and on the day I visited it was out of action, so one would have to walk all the way up, and I was in no mood for that. For some reason I expected more from the Krupp time (artifacts or whatever), but not much to see, unfortunately.

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Reviewed June 25, 2013

The whole museum looks cool in every way. Cool design with heavy industrial style. All the exhibitions display in a nice way. Yet, most of the sub-titles or contents are in German only. Quite inconvenient to those who don't know German.
Last but the least, must-go: Panorama at 45m Level! Gorgeous!!

Thank VeeeeWong
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

We went with a party of friends to visit the Ruhr museum. It's housed in a former colliery and the building is enormous! It was great to go inside and get a feel of the scale of things and imagine the incredible noise the machinery must have made. We got the audio guide in English which was very informative and interesting, though I found it difficult to navigate around each numbered item. It may have been that I wasn't paying enough attention - did the numbers have arrows to direct you to the next? One drawback from going with a party, it is distracting as well as fun!
Good exhibits, though it started it interactive, that soon tailed off. You could spend hours and hours in there if you listened to every commentary on each exhibit, I chose to pick and choose. There are plenty of English descriptions on the exhibits as well as German, but I think the audio guide made it a better experience.

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Reviewed December 1, 2012

While in Essen, we visited this museum and although it had very interesting exhibits and insight regarding the Krupp family, many artifact explanations were not in English. There were several staff members standing around talking to one another but not one person offered to help us or give us additional information in English. I know they spoke English because when it was time to close, they all let us know in English that we needed to leave. We were there at least 3 hours and didn't see it all. I would have enjoyed it so much more if we had gotten the audio guide. Hindsight is 20/20!

Thank BlessedHiker
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Reviewed April 6, 2012

The building themselves are impressive since the museum is installed in a former coal/steel complex. i enjoyed the visit. its informative about the rhur region in general. There is first a wide room with iconography about the landscapes, the people, the religion, the sport....some information give a good added value to the pictures (as the impact of subsidence for example whic i did not expect to be so strong...). There is then a room with objects that belong to the coal extraction history. it is just ok. sometimes not easy to read in english for a lack of light. Then there are some rooms about fauna/flora, fossils...and finally a large expo about the history of the rhur, and in particular about the coal/steel industries.
Finally, i consider that Its a visit to do (2/3 hours of visit more or less) because now i know the Rhur region better than before.

Thank franky345000
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