The Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum – established in 1930 – is one of eight research museums belonging to the Leibniz Association. It explores, preserves and teaches the history of the extraction, processing and use of geo-resources across the ages. Discover the fascinating world of mining by taking the tours of the permanent exhibition, experiencing the visitor’s mine and by ascending the headframe for the tower tour. So welcome, both above and below the ground.
Having implemented the current legal requirements and applicable hygiene standards, the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum has again opened its doors to visitors. We have made wide-ranging changes to our day-to-day operations to ensure that the risks of infection connected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus are managed responsibly. Please keep this in mind during your visit! All the information you need about these changes is available here.
Having implemented the current legal requirements and applicable hygiene standards, the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum has again opened its doors to visitors. Please keep these in mind during your visit.
|Tues. to Fri.||8:30 am to 5:00 pm|
|Sat., Sun., public holidays||10:00 to 5:00 pm|
|closed||Mondays, and on 1 January | 1 May | 24-26 and 31 December.|
We reserve the right to change opening times at short notice.
The tower tour is weather-dependent.
Please note that pets are not allowed inside our building.
For safety reasons, prams and buggies cannot be taken into the visitor’s mine. We ask for your understanding.
|Last underground tour:||3:30 pm|
|Last tower tour:||4:30 pm|
|Ticket Office closing time:||4:30 pm|
During this phase of controlled reopening to visitors, the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum is waiving its usual day ticket entrance charge: Instead of EUR 10 for adults and EUR 5 for concessions, visitors can purchase day tickets on a pay-what-you-want basis.
Please pay using the cashless EC card method, if possible.
|Children/young people (6 – 17 years old), students, apprentices/trainees, unemployed persons, disabled persons, those arriving shortly before closing time||EUR 5|
|Children under 6||Free entry|
|Family day ticket *||EUR 22|
|Annual pass **||EUR 28| reduced rate EUR 14|
|Family annual pass * | **||EUR 60|
|School and kindergarten groups||EUR 3 per person|
* Valid for two adults with up to four children (aged 6 - 17 years-old). Children under 6 enter free of charge
** Valid for the holder. The annual pass is valid from one year starting from the date of issue. The entrance charge entitles the visitor to the four tours of the new permanent exhibition, the visitor’s mine and the Tower Tour (weather-dependent) on the day of purchase.
It it also possible to purchase a voucher for a visit to the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum. In order to do so, please contact the visitor service or ask directly at the box office.
- Free admission for: Press card holders, members of the Deutscher Museumsbund and the ICOM.
For special exhibitions, members of the press seeking accreditation are asked to mail their request to: email@example.com
- Adults and children who have visited the planetarium beforehand, are eligible for a EUR 1.00 discount when visiting the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum.
- The admission charge includes a visit to the visitor’s mine (without a guide) and an ascent of our headframe.
- Those arriving shortly before closing time will not be able to visit the visitor’s mine.
The exhibitions and educational installations of the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum are located both above and below ground. A visit to the visitors mine is only possible with a guided tour. All visitor installations are subject to the current hygiene and physical distancing rules.
Please register in advance for all guided tours: by telephone on +49 234 5877-126 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org (Tuesday to Friday between 09:00 and 15:00).
Apart from a visit to our new permanent exhibition, the Barbara Collection in the DBM+ and the visitor’s mine with pit descent simulator, we also have a range of theme-based guided tours to offer you.
Further information about our guided tour services is available here.
Alongside our guided tours through the permanent exhibition and the visitor’s mine, we also have numerous workshops, events and museum-related educational activities for visitors of every age.
Further information is available from our quarterly programme.
Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum
Am Bergbaumuseum 28
Visitor entrance to museum: Europaplatz 1
Visitor entrance to DBM+: Schillerstraße/Europaplatz
Admission Entrance: Am Bergbaumuseum 28
Deliveries: Schillerstr. 23 (courtyard entrance No. 20)
Arriving by bus & rail services
From Bochum main station (HBF) ,U 35 towards Herne, stop "Deutsches Bergbau-Museum”.
Further information is available online from BOGESTRA and VRR Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr.
Arriving by car
A 40: Exit “BO-Zentrum” towards “Zentrum”
after approx. 2 km, the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum is located on the left
A 43: Exit “Bochum Riemke/Zentrum” towards “Zentrum”
after approx. 4 km, the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum is located on the left
Please note that parking is limited. Parking is available on the public spaces around the museum, and in the parking area at the junction between Am Bergbaumuseum and Herner Straße.
On weekends, additional space is available for you in the police multi-storey car park in Schillerstraße.
There are seven bus parking spaces in front of the museum.
Route maps for our sites
The museum can be independently accessed by people with reduced mobility. Separately designated parking spaces are available in the immediate vicinity. Wheelchair users can access the headframe tower and some parts of the visitor’s mine. Please note, that due to rebuilding work, we are unable to guarantee uninterrupted full access to the visitor’s mine. Therefore, please contact our visitor service prior to your visit.
If notified in advance, our museum can arrange customised guided tours to guests with disabilities and corresponding groups of people.
We’ll happily advise you ahead of your visit.
+49 234 5877-126 (Tues. to Fri. between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm)
Having implemented the current legal requirements and applicable hygiene standards, the Museum Shop will also be open during the opening times of the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum. The wearing of masks is also mandatory here.
The museum shop is located within the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum.
|Tues. to Fri.||9:30 to 5:00 pm|
|Sat., Sun., public holidays||10:30 to 5:00 pm|
|closed||Mondays, and on 1 January | 1 May | 24-26 and 31 December.|
You can also visit the online shop of the Vereinigung der Freunde von Kunst und Kultur im Bergbau e.V., and shop for the perfect souvenir from the comfort of your own home.
Café & Restaurant at the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum
What do an allotment garden, the humble kitchen stove as well as coal and steel all have to do with the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum? Well, these all represent the focal aspects of the menu of KUMPELS, the Museum's new café and restaurant. Whether you want to eat in or take away, if you'd like something healthy or you fancy a hearty, regional dish, or maybe a succulent steak from the grill – the young culinary team at KUMPELS offer up modern interpretations of classic dishes, all freshly prepared in the kitchen.
Serving up breakfast, mid-day snacks and delicious coffee & cake, KUMPELS welcomes anyone wanting a break or to relax after a visit to the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum, and is open for the general public as well. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the modern ambiance with mining-styled surroundings, or the outdoor terrace area.
Further details and information about the KUMPELS menu are available on our website: www.kumpels.de
Tue. to Sun.: 11am till 4 pm
Bookings & Enquiries
For group bookings, or if you are planning something special during your visit, please contact the KUMPELS team in advance. For enquiries about private or corporate events – including outside the Museum's opening hours – you can also email email@example.com or phone +49 234 90410888.
Since the summer of 2019, there have been four over-ground tours available to visitors to the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum: Hard Coal, Mining, Mineral Resources and Art – covering the full spectrum of the activities of the Leibniz Research Museum for Geo-resources. Over 3000 exhibits – including objects from the Montanhistorisches Dokumentationszentrum (Mining History Document Centre, or montan.dok) loan items as well as new exhibits – are displayed in a new light during these tours.
The Deutsches Bergbau-Museum's visitor's mine and the pit descent simulator also allow visitors to glimpse the many facets of mining from an underground perspective. Along the 1.2 km underground tunnel network, visitors can see what everyday life underground was like, and learn about the historical development of technology in (hard coal) mining. Finally, there's the headframe of the erstwhile Germania colliery, the museum’s largest exhibit, from where the view extends far across the Ruhr Area and a region featuring a landscape stamped by coal mines.