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. 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.
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 informative manner, and to attract the attention of the diverse target groups with a range of communicative approaches. Whether it be in the form of an interactive game, multi-media or hands-on exhibits – the aim is to communicate the content of the permanent exhibition in a sustained way. There is also a children‘s trail that winds its way through the tours, with specially selected exhibits placed at eye level for our youngest visitors.
Around 3000 objects – from the in-house collections of the Montanhistorisches Dokumentationszentrum of the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum as well as alongside loan items and brand new exhibits – are presented in a new light. The reduced number of exhibits allows individual, out¬standing objects from the previous permanent exhibition is to be viewed in a new light with a new contextualised focus. Apart from having a thematic focus, each of the four tours also has its own specific design concept.
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 Germania colliery – the museum‘s largest exhibit – is a platform affording far-ranging views across the Ruhr Area, and a region shaped by the colliery imprinted landscape.
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. Its research areas include: Archaeometallurgy, mining history, materials science, and mining archaeology, together with the research laboratory, and the Montanhistorische Dokumentationszentrum (the Mining History Documentation Centre, or montan.dok).
The renovation of the North Wing and the redesign of the Hard Coal and Mining tours were funded by the RAG Foundation as part of the “Glückauf Zukunft!“ Project. The renovation of the South Wing and the redesign of the Mineral Resources and Art tours were funded as part of a joint national and state programme organised by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North-Rhine Westphalia. Both projects were further funded by the city of Bochum and the DMT-Gesellschaft für Lehre und Bildung mbH.