Deutsches Bergbau Museum

German Mining Museum

Useful Information

Location: Am Bergbaumuseum 28, 44791 Bochum.
Europaplatz (formerly Wielandstraße), Bochum. Underground station Deutsches Bergbau-Museum, line U 35, from Bochum Hauptbahnhof in the direction of Herne.
(51.488836, 7.216634)
Open: All year Tue-Sun 9:30-17:30.
Closed 01-JAN, 01-MAY, 24-DEC, 26-DEC, 31-DEC.
Fee: Adults EUR 10, Children (6-17) EUR 5, Children (0-5) free, Students EUR 5, Apprentices EUR 5, Unemployed EUR 5, Disabled EUR 5, Families (2+4) EUR 22.
Classification: SubterraneaMining Museum
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Dimension: Ar=12.000 m².
Guided tours: nein. Audioguides per App.
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: yes
Address: Deutsches Bergbau-Museum, Am Bergbaumuseum 28, 44791 Bochum, Tel: +49-234-5877-0, Fax: +49-234-5877-11.
Besucherservice, Tel: +49-234-5877-126. E-mail:
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1930 founded.
1969 Bergbau-Archiv (mining archive) founded.


The Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum (German Mining Museum) describes itself, certainly rightly, as the most important mining museum in the world. On three floors and in 20 departments, visitors are given a comprehensive impression of the development of mining from its earliest beginnings. A museum in which you can easily spend a whole day.

A so-called Anschauungsbergwerk (demonstration mine), an artificial mine with a 2.5 km long network of roadways, offers an insight into coal and iron mines that one could never gain in such abundance in real mines. And although you are aware of the fact that this mine is artificial, within a short time you have the impression of being far underground in a real mine. Furthermore, there is a Seilfahrtsimulator (mine elevator simulator), i.e. a mine lift.

The main themes of the museum are:

The museum offers four different guided tours through the permanent exhibition with the topics Hard Coal, Mining, Mineral Resources and Art. The museum also has a Forschungslabor (Research Laboratory) and the Montanhistorisches Dokumentationszentrum (Mining History Document Centre). There is also a museum shop and a restaurant called Kumpels (Miners).