We’re building the future - for you. The German Mining Museum (DBM) in Bochum is being renovated in 2017, all of the exhibits will be rearranged, and the DBM will receive a brand new permanent collection. For our visitors, this all means that the above-ground exhibition hall will no longer be open. From 27 November 2017 until summer 2018 our headframe will also be closed for safety reasons.
In the meantime, the visitor’s mine with our shaft descent simulator, plus the ‘Fascinating museum – the DBM’s fresh start’ exhibition at our DBM+ facility will still be there to give you a comprehensive insight into the world of mining and our natural resources.
Please note that the entrance to the museum is now at the DBM+ extension entrance on Europaplatz/Schillerstraße. You can access the visitor’s mine from there. Our museum shop will also be moved during the restoration works, which you can also find on Schillerstraße.
See the current visitor’s map here:
Information about the restoration works
valid from August 2016
We are always striving to give our visitors the most enjoyable and hassle-free visit we can, even during restoration works.
Please note that we are currently unable to guarantee barrier-free access while the restoration works take place. We therefore kindly ask visitors with wheelchairs or pushchairs to contact our visitor’s centre before your visit.Please check in advance how the restoration works will affect your visit at www.bergbaumuseum.de/umbau or call us on +49 (0) 234 5877 126 (during opening hours, closed Mondays).
If you’d like to explore the DBM on your own, you can buy a ticket for your tour when you arrive (Tue-Thu between 08.30 and 15.30, Fri between 08.30 and 13.00). Advanced bookings are not available.
Tours of 10 people or more can only be arranged in advance by calling +49 (0) 234 5877 126 (closed Mondays). (Tue-Thu between 08.30 and 15.30, Fri between 08.30 and 13.00).
On weekdays the mine can only be explored as part of a tour. On Fridays after 14.00, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, the mine can be explored alone using an audio guide. Our additional short guided tours can be found here.
School Groups and Workshops
More information on visiting with school groups can be found here. Due to the restoration works taking place at the DBM, changes to our museum teaching services, as well as our workshops and school group services are possible. We therefore kindly ask you to check the relevant information on our website or contact our visitor’s centre at
Public tours during local school holidays and public holidays
At these times, only audio tours will be available. Please check our website for the latest activities and tours.
|Tuesday – Friday||8:30 – 17:00|
|Saturday, Sunday, Public Holidays||10:00 – 17:00|
|Easter Monday, Whitmonday||10:00 – 17:00|
|1 January, 1 May, 24 – 26 and 31 December||Closed|
We regret that we’re unable to issue any tickets after 16:30.
We reserve the right to make last-minute changes to our opening hours.
Last underground tour: 15:30
Please note that animals are not permitted on the museum site.
For safety reasons, pushchairs cannot be taken into the visitor's mine. Thank you for your understanding.
|Children under 6||Free entry|
|Family annual pass||€30.00|
1)School pupils, students, apprentices, unemployed and disabled visitors; late entry after 15:30 (visiting the mines is no longer possible after this time).
2)Valid for 2 adults with up to 4 children (aged 6 - 17). Children under 6 are free.
3)Valid for pass holders only. Up to 3 adults accompanying the pass holder can enter for just €3.00 each.
Members of the German Museum Association and ICOM pass holders may enter the museum for free.
Adults who have previously visited the planetarium get a €1 discount on entry to the DBM. Admission for children is reduced by €0.50.
A tour through the mining experience is included in the entry fee.
Visitors arriving late will not be permitted to join the mining experience tour.
Visitors with reduced mobility can enter the museum without assistance via a lift next to the main entrance. Separately signposted parking spaces are available close to the entrance. Please note that we are unable to guarantee barrier-free access to the mine during restauration works. Please contact our visitor’s centre before your visit.
Our museum offers a range of experiences for visitors with disabilities, and individually tailored tours are available for groups of disabled visitors. Please enquire in advance. We will be happy to discuss any questions you may have before your visit.
Due to the restoration works, our bistro at the DBM has been relocated. Food and drink is now available during opening hours at a catering station directly opposite the DBM+ on Europaplatz.MondayClosedTuesday – Friday09:30 – 17:00Saturday, Sunday, Public Holidays10:30 – 17:001 January, 1 May, 24 – 26 and 31 DecemberClosed
Our museum shop will remain open for your all throughout the restoration works: from 1 August, you’ll find it in DBM’s former restaurant. Visitors can access the shop from the entrance on Schillerstraße. But you can also visit our online shop any time you wish, if you’re looking for that special souvenir.
|Tuesday - Friday||09:30 – 17:00|
|Saturday, Sunday, public holidays||10:30 – 17:00 Uhr|
We recommend arriving by public transport.
Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum
Visitor’s entrance: Europaplatz
Office: Am Bergbaumuseum 28
Deliveries: Schillerstraße 23
By bus & train
From Bochum Hauptbahnhof (Central Station), take the U 35 towards Herne. Get off at "Deutsches Bergbau-Museum".
Further information can be found on the VRR Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr public transport website: VRR Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr.
From the A 40, exit at BO-Zentrum, following the signs towards the city centre (Zentrum).
After about 2km you’ll see the DBM on your left-hand side.
From the A 43, exit at Bochum Riemke/Zentrum, following the signs towards the city centre (Zentrum).
After about 4km you’ll see the DBM on your left-hand side.
Visitors can either park in the public parking areas around the museum or the car park at the junction between Am Bergbaumuseum and Herner Straße. At the weekend, the police carpark onSchillerstraße is also available to our visitors.
There are seven parking spaces for buses in front of the museum.
The local bike share system, metropolradruhr, has a station directly in front of the museum. Two major cycleways pass close by the museum: the Ruhrtal-Radweg (Ruhr Valley Cycleway), a 4-star route combining nature and culture allowing you to discover the Ruhr area, and the Erlebnis-Radweg Erzbahntrasse (Ore Railroad Cycleway), which crosses several spectacular bridges.