Founded in 1930, the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum – as the Leibniz Research Museum for Geo-resources – is tasked with collecting, preserving, investigating, exhibiting and teaching the material heritage of the mining industry. This is a duty that we honour both above and below ground, whether it be here in Bochum, or regionally, nationally or even internationally. Our mission statement reads: To spread the knowledge and experience of mining. And we do all of this under one roof.

Our areas of research comprise archaeometallurgy, mining history, materials science, mining archaeology, alongside our Research Laboratory and the Montanhistorisches Dokumentationszentrum (the Mining History Document Centre, or montan.dok).

Discover the fascinating world of mining by taking the tours of the permanent exhibition - Hard Coal, Mining, Mineral Resources and Art, experiencing the visitor’s mine and by ascending the headframe for the tower tour. So welcome, both above and below the ground.