Activities for children

Visiting our museum with children? They’ll definitely enjoy exploring the visitor mine and going up the headframe.

We also offer the opportunity to sign your children up for special children’s workshops and tours. All of these have both theoretical and practical components, so children can expand their knowledge as well as doing hands-on activities.

At the end of each workshop, every child gets to take home a souvenir of their unforgettable day at the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum.

All the forthcoming dates of our children’s workshops and tours can be found below and in our events calendar.

Many of our workshops can also be booked as events for children’s birthday parties.


Monthly children's workshops

Please visit the calendar on our German version of the website to find out about our upcoming events.

Calendar (German)


Children’s guided tour of the visitor mine


Children’s birthdays

For our children’s birthday activities you can choose between one-hour and two-hour options. As well as having lots of fun, participants take home new knowledge and a souvenir (except for children’s guided tour). Please contact us to discuss the options.

Children’s guided tour of the visitor mine

On a tour of the mine, children get to know the dangerous workplace of the miner. After this they can explore the galleries on their own with an activity sheet. This activity (the “Bergbau-Rallye”) can also be carried out in small groups.

Duration 45 – 60 minutes (guided tour)
Age group 6 – 12 years
Participants max. 15 children
Admission 20 € flat fee + 3 € per child; optional extra 0.50 € per child for the “Bergbau-Rallye” (activity trail)
Available Tue – Fri (except on public holidays and during school holidays)

The lost treasure

The lost treasure

To find the treasure hidden in the mine, you need to solve the riddles on the way. Please bring torches!

Duration 45 – 60 minutes
Age 7 – 9 years
Participants max. 12 children
Admission 20 € flat fee + 6 € per child
Available Tue – Fri (except on public holidays and during school holidays)

Miner’s exam

Miner’s exam

The guided tour of the mine explains everything you need to know about the miner’s workplace. At the end of the tour participants sit the miner’s exam and are awarded a certificate conferring the title of “Knappe” or qualified miner.

Duration 1 hour (approx.)
Age 10 – 12 years
Participants max. 15 children
Admission 20 € flat fee + 6 € per child
Available Tue – Fri (except on public holidays and during school holidays)

The amber grinders

The amber grinders

Why was amber so popular and sought-after, for talismans, jewellery and medicine, even in the Stone Age? The amber grinders solve this mystery and go on to make their own amulet.

Duration 2 hours (approx.)
Age group 8 – 12 years
Participants max. 15 children and 2 adults
Admission 120 € incl. materials and museum admission
Available Tue – Sun (including public holidays and school holidays)

The fossil hunters

The fossil hunters

Even before the dinosaurs, there were fascinating creatures living on our planet. The fossil hunters set out to find the traces of these creatures, and create plaster casts of their favourite fossils.c

Duration 2 hours (approx.)
Age group 8 – 12 years
Participants max. 15 children and 2 adults
Admission 120 € incl. materials and museum admission
Available Tue – Sun (including public holidays and school holidays)

The metal founders

The metal founders

Here children can play the role of Bronze Age artisans and take their product home with them afterwards. At least one parent should be present.

Duration 2 hours (approx.)
Age group 8 – 12 years
Participants max. 15 children and 2 adults
Admission 120 € incl. materials and museum admission
Available Tue – Sun (including public holidays and school holidays)

Black Gold

“Black gold”

It’s the 19th century, and the dominant mood in Europe is gold-rush fever. Everyone wants “black gold”, i.e. coal. Mines spring up like mushrooms. Amid great dangers and in difficult conditions, miners extract the Earth’s resources. The children experience this underground world on an expedition through the mine, then give creative expression to their impressions.

Duration 2 hours (approx.)
Age group 8 – 12 years
Participants max. 15 children and 2 adults
Admission 120 € incl. materials and museum admission
Available Tue – Sun (including public holidays and school holidays)

Address

Am Bergbaumuseum 28
44791 Bochum

Reception
Tel +49 (234) 5877 0
Fax +49 (234) 5877 111

Visitor information
Tel +49 (234) 5877 126/128
(except mondays)

Opening hours

Mon
closed
Tue – Fri
8:30 – 17:00
Sat – Sun
10:00 – 17:00

Prices

Adults
6,50 €
Concessions
3,00 €
Family card
14,00 €
Annual membership card
15,00 €
Annual membership
card for families
30,00 €
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