Treasures of the Andes – Chile's copper for the world

8. May 2011 to 19. February 2012

Here the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum used around 800 m2 of space to present a spectacular exhibition, the result of a nearly ten-year-long, highly successful collaboration with the Chilean mining company CODELCO (Corporación Nacional del Cobre de Chile), a global player.

Copper mining in Chile is on a massive scale, unlike anything seen in Europe: it currently supplies nearly 40 % of the copper used globally.

The main focuses of the exhibition included the modern copper mining industry in Chile, the economic importance of Chilean copper mining, the town of Sewell, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the successful rescue of the 33 trapped Chilean miners in 2010.