Special Exhibitions

In a separate annexe, the “Black Diamond” (“Schwarzer Diamant”), we have 861m2 of space, which is used for regularly changing special exhibitions.

Our annexe has received various awards for its unusual architecture: “Guter Bau” from the Bund Deutscher Architekten (BDA) in the district of Bochum, Hattingen, Witten (2010), 1st prize Eccola-Award for the facade (2010), and “Guter Bau” from the BDA at state level, North Rhine-Westphalia (2011). In 2013 it was nominated for the BDA’s “Große Nike” prize.

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.

Time and time again we’ve been able to use these temporary exhibitions to bring the wider world into the museum – in the past, for example, we’ve held special exhibitions on Kazakhstan and Chile, which have given a vivid impression of the countries, their cultures, and their typical mining history.

Information about past special exhibitions can be found in our special exhibitions archive.

Sonderausstellung - bergauf bergab

(Up hill and down dale)

10,000 Years of Mining in the Eastern Alps

31 October 2015 to 24 April 2016

Today, the highest mountain range in Europe attracts millions of tourists each year, and it's easy to travel to or cross the Eastern Alps by plane, train or road. But this hasn't always been the case. Ten thousand years ago, the last Ice Age had come to an end, but the harsh climate, endless swathes of difficult terrain and the lack of a road network made travelling to the region an incredibly challenging prospect. So why did the people of that time choose to build their lives in this hostile environment?



An exhibition by Bochum Scientific Collections (boscol)

15 January to 21 February 2016

Thirteen scientific collections and archives from the Ruhr University Bochum and the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum (German mining museum) are on show in a new pop-up exhibition, in a showroom format that will allow visitors to get up close and personal with the historic artefacts on display.
Following on from the success of the boscol pop-up showroom on Bochum's main shopping stretch, the exhibition has moved from the Blue Square, the city centre exhibition base of the Ruhr University, to the museum.
This unconventional exhibition combines the curious and the exotic with the everyday, the known with the unknown, the artistic with the technical and the unique with the mass-produced. This kaleidoscopic experience is designed to awaken curiosity about the world of objects around us, and prompt visitors to ask surprising and exciting questions.
The 'lookbook' that accompanies the exhibition tells the stories behind the objects, answering some of these questions, and provides further background to the collections. Ample copies are available for visitors to use during their visit. For those wanting to look beyond the words on the page, QR codes provide access to fascinating background information in sound and film clips.
Visitors can also watch an interactive video created and published to YouTube by students at RUB to learn more about the people behind the collections. A geocaching task allows visitors to trace and discover the homes of the collections.


Public meet & greet with the people behind the exhibition on 21 January 2016, 18:00 to 20:00: Join in ● See ● Be amazed and Chat with us about the objects that make our world what it is.


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