Visitor Information

We’re building the future - for you. The Bergbau-Museum (DBM) in Bochum is being renovated in 2017, all of the exhibits will be rearranged, and the DBM will receive a brand new permanent exhibition. The first two tours of the new permanent exhibition are now available to our visitors on weekends and holidays from February 2019. Tour 1 presents the history of German coal, Tour 2 delves into the global relationships between humans and mining – across eras and sectors. The south wing, on the other hand, is still being renovated and work on the creation of Tours 3 and 4 is ongoing. The Bergbau-Museum in Bochum will therefore continue to be a museum undergoing renovation during the week.

The two additional tours, covering the topics of natural resources as well as art and culture in mining, will open in the summer of 2019 after completion of all work. These will round off the new permanent collection concept. The key themes will then showcase the entire range of the Leibniz Research Museum for Geological Resources.

Alongside the visitor's mine, shaft descent simulator, winding tower and Barbara collection in our DBM+ facility, other key elements of our museum will remain open to the public for the duration of the renovation:

See the current visitor’s map here:

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Please check in advance how the restoration works will affect your visit at www.bergbaumuseum.de/umbau or call us on +49 (0) 234 5877 126 (during opening hours, closed Mondays).




Information about the restoration works

valid from August 2016

We are always striving to give our visitors the most enjoyable and hassle-free visit we can, even during restoration works.

Please note that we are currently unable to guarantee barrier-free access while the restoration works take place. We therefore kindly ask visitors with wheelchairs or pushchairs to contact our visitor’s centre before your visit.

Please check in advance how the restoration works will affect your visit at www.bergbaumuseum.de/umbau or call us on +49 (0) 234 5877 126 (during opening hours, closed Mondays).

Individual Visitors
If you’d like to explore the DBM individually, you can buy a ticket for your tour when you arrive (Tue-Thu between 08.30 and 15.30, Fri between 08.30 and 13.00). Advanced bookings are not available. The visitor's mine can be explored individually using an audio guide on Fridays after 14.00, Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays, bridging days and during school holidays in NRW. 

Groups
Tours of 10 people or more can only be arranged in advance by calling +49 (0) 234 5877 126 (closed Mondays). (Tue-Thu between 08.30 and 15.30, Fri between 08.30 and 13.00). On weekdays the mine can only be explored as part of a tour. On Fridays after 14.00, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, the mine can be explored alone using an audio guide. Our additional short guided tours can be found here.

School Groups and Workshops
More information on visiting with school groups can be found here. Due to the restoration works taking place at the DBM, changes to our museum teaching services, as well as our workshops and school group services are possible. We therefore kindly ask you to check the relevant information on our website or contact our visitor’s centre at
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us on +49 (0) 234 5877 126 (closed Mondays).

Public tours during local school holidays and public holidays
At these times, only audio tours will be available. Please check our website for the latest activities and tours.

Notes on guided tours via Tours 1 & 2 until summer 2019
Our new tours offer public guided tours on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. These last around 1 hour and cost € 3.00 plus admission. The number of participants is restricted to 20 people. It is only possible to register for them at the museum kiosk on the day of your visit. The guided tour times are as follows:

  • Tour 1 "Coal – The Engine of Industrialisation": 13:45 and 15:00.
  • Tour 2 "Mining – Stone Age with a Future": 11:45 and 13:15.

You can naturally also view our new tours individually on weekends and public holidays.

Further information on the new tours can be found here


Opening Hours

Monday Closed
Tuesday – Friday 8:30 – 17:00
Saturday, Sunday, Public Holidays 10:00 – 17:00
Easter Monday, Whitmonday 10:00 – 17:00
1 January, 1 May, 24 – 26 and 31 December Closed

We regret that we’re unable to issue any tickets after 16:30.

We reserve the right to make last-minute changes to our opening hours.

Last underground tour: 15:30
Last tower ride: 16:30

Please note that animals are not permitted on the museum site.

For safety reasons, pushchairs cannot be taken into the visitor's mine. Thank you for your understanding.

Prices

  valid until 26 Nov valid from 27 Nov
Adults €6.50 €5.00
Concessions1) €3.00 €2.00
Children under 6 Free entry Free entry
Family ticket2) €14.00 €11.50
Annual pass3) €15.00 €12.50
Family annual pass €30.00 €25.00

1)School pupils, students, apprentices, unemployed and disabled visitors; late entry after 15:30 (visiting the mines is no longer possible after this time).

2)Valid for 2 adults with up to 4 children (aged 6 - 17). Children under 6 are free.

3)Valid for pass holders only. Up to 3 adults accompanying the pass holder can enter for just €3.00 each.

Press card holders may enter for free. For special exhibits, please email your accreditation to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Members of the German Museum Association and ICOM pass holders may enter the museum for free.

Adults who have previously visited the planetarium get a €1 discount on entry to the DBM. Admission for children is reduced by €0.50.

A tour through the mining experience is included in the entry fee.

Visitors arriving late will not be permitted to join the mining experience tour.

Vouchers
Tickets to the museum can also be bought as vouchers either in person (Tue-Sun until 16.30) or by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Vouchers do not have an expiry date. For further information, call us on +49 (0) 234 5877 126.


Accessibility

Visitors with reduced mobility can enter the museum without assistance via a lift next to the main entrance. Separately signposted parking spaces are available close to the entrance. Please note that we are unable to guarantee barrier-free access to the mine during restauration works. Please contact our visitor’s centre before your visit.
Our museum offers a range of experiences for visitors with disabilities, and individually tailored tours are available for groups of disabled visitors. Please enquire in advance. We will be happy to discuss any questions you may have before your visit.
Please contact our visitor’s centre in advance during restoration works, who will be able to help with your visit at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +49 (0) 234 5877 126 (closed Mondays).


Food & Drink

Photo: Heike Kandalowski

Due to the restoration works, our bistro at the DBM has been relocated. Food and drink is now available during opening hours at a catering station directly opposite the DBM+ on Europaplatz.

Monday Closed
Tuesday - Friday 09:30 – 17:00
Saturday, Sunday, public holidays 10:30 – 17:00 Uhr

 

Museum Shop

Photo: Seda Karaoglu

Our museum shop will remain open for you all throughout the restoration works. But you can also visit our online shop any time you wish, if you’re looking for that special souvenir.

Monday Closed
Tuesday - Friday 09:30 – 17:00
Saturday, Sunday, public holidays 10:30 – 17:00 Uhr
Visit the online shop

Getting Here

We recommend arriving by public transport.

Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum
44791 Bochum
Germany
Visitor’s entrance: Europaplatz
Office: Am Bergbaumuseum 28
Deliveries: Schillerstraße 23
 
By bus & train

From Bochum Hauptbahnhof (Central Station), take the U 35 towards Herne. Get off at "Deutsches Bergbau-Museum".
 
Further information can be found on the VRR Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr public transport website: VRR Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr.

Deutsche Bahn - Kulturkooperation

By car

From the A 40, exit at BO-Zentrum, following the signs towards the city centre (Zentrum).
After about 2km you’ll see the DBM on your left-hand side.

From the A 43, exit at Bochum Riemke/Zentrum, following the signs towards the city centre (Zentrum).
After about 4km you’ll see the DBM on your left-hand side.

Visitors can either park in the public parking areas around the museum or the car park at the junction between Am Bergbaumuseum and Herner Straße. At the weekend, the police carpark onSchillerstraße is also available to our visitors.
There are seven parking spaces for buses in front of the museum.


Cycle Tourists

The local bike share system, metropolradruhr, has a station directly in front of the museum. Two major cycleways pass close by the museum: the Ruhrtal-Radweg (Ruhr Valley Cycleway), a 4-star route combining nature and culture allowing you to discover the Ruhr area, and the Erlebnis-Radweg Erzbahntrasse (Ore Railroad Cycleway), which crosses several spectacular bridges.

Address

Am Bergbaumuseum 28
44791 Bochum

Reception
Tel +49 (234) 5877 0
Fax +49 (234) 5877 111

Visitor information
Tel +49 (234) 5877 126/128
(except mondays)

Opening hours

Mon
closed
Tue – Fri
8:30 – 17:00
Sat – Sun
10:00 – 17:00

Prices

Adults
6,50 €
Concessions
3,00 €
Family card
14,00 €
Annual membership card
15,00 €
Annual membership
card for families
30,00 €
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