The Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum – founded in 1930 – is one of eight research museums belonging to the Leibniz Association. It researches, teaches and preserves the history of the mining, processing and use of geo-resources across all of the relevant time periods.
The Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum has undergone a transformation in the years between 2016 and 2019: The renovation of the museum was flanked by the redesign of the permanent exhibition. There will be four tours with more than 3.000 objects guiding visitors through the building: Hard Coal, Mining, Mineral Resources and Art cover the full range of the Leibniz Research Museum for Geo-resources. With its new exhibition, the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum is rising to the challenge of presenting the subject matter and results of its in-house research activities in an exciting, educational and informa¬tive manner, and to attraction the attention of the diverse target groups with a range of communicative approaches. Whether it be in the form of an inactive game, multi-media or hands-on exhibits – the aim is to communicate the content of the permanent exhibition in a sustained way.
The contents and the forms of communication and presentation for the thematic focal points of the new permanent exhibition were devised by a team of curators working in collaboration with exhibition designers and museum educators: the history of German hard coal, the people and the mining activity, presented across the various epochs, and with a multi-disciplinary stance, focussing on geo-resources as well as art and culture.
The visitor’s mine and the pit descent simulator also provide glimpses into the diverse facets of underground mining activity at the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum. Stretching over 1.2 km, the underground network of passageways gives visitors an insight into everyday life underground and about historical technical developments in (coal) mining. The headframe of the erstwhile Germa¬nia colliery – the museum‘s largest exhibit – is a platform afford-ing far-ranging views across the Ruhr Area, and a region shaped by the colliery imprinted landscape.
From the summer of 2019, there will be four tours guiding visitors through the building: Hard Coal, Mining, Mineral Resources and Art cover the full range of the Leibniz Research Museum for Geo-resources.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.