Here at the German Mining Museum, we research vast periods of history on extracting, processing and making use of our natural resources, exploring the long-lasting influence of the changes in society it caused and preserving important records for future generations.
Our museum, one of the biggest museums in Germany, is tasked with showcasing the development, extraction, depletion and processing of our natural resources through our exhibits.
But we also closely examine the social-historical and cultural developments that came with mining and its long history. Our researchers seek out and gather information from all over the world and their knowledge, along with the many exhibits found on their research trips, can be seen in our exhibitions.
We’re building the future - for you. The German Mining Museum in Bochum is being renovated. The exhibitions are being rearranged, so from 2017 the above-ground exhibition halls will no longer be open to visitors. But with the mining experience and our shaft descent simulator, as well as the DBM+ facility, key elements of our museum will remain open to visitors during restoration works. In the meantime, four themed tours are taking place in our permanent exhibition area, exploring the topics of coal mining, people and mining, our natural resources, as well as art and mining.
You can find more information on the restoration works at www.bergbaumuseum.de/umbau.
Subject-wise, our special exhibitions range from the areas of mining archaeology and mining history to social issues. We either plan the exhibitions ourselves with our academic staff, and create them using our workshops, or put on exhibitions created by partner museums.read more
20 metres below ground, the museum maintains a visitor’s mine built to resemble a real-life mine, with a network of around 2.5 kilometres of tunnels. Here, visitors can see the impressive mining machines from close up, get an idea of the difficulties of day-to-day life underground and feel like real miners themselves for a short while.
A simulated shaft descent makes this impression even more life-like.
And yet our biggest exhibit did not arrive in Bochum until 1973. Until then, the headframe stood in its original location, above the main shaft of the Germania mining complex in Dortmund-Marten.
Designed by the well-known industrial architects Fritz Schupp and Martin Kremmer, the solid-walled double headframe was erected in 1943/44. Due to restoration works, from 27 November 2017 until (most likely) summer 2018, the headframe will no longer be open to visitors for safety reasons.