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.

Tues. to Sun.: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
every first Thu.: 09:00 am to 8:30 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.

During the week, the visitor's mine is only open to the public on guided tours; at weekends it is open to the public without a guided tour. Access is via the lift. There may be short waiting times. 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: 4:00 pm
Last tower tour: 5:00 pm
Ticket Office closing time: 5:00 pm

The information on the last tower and mine tour may therefore vary due to high demand and limited supply.

In order to make your visit safe and pleasant, we work with sensor-supported, automatically fully anonymised screening throughout the entire building. You can find more information here.

Please pay using the cashless EC card method, if possible.

Adults EUR 10
Children/young people (6 – 17 years old), students, apprentices/trainees, unemployed persons, disabled persons, those arriving shortly before closing time  EUR 5
Children up to 5 years Free entry
Special exhibitions EUR 3
Family day ticket * EUR 22
Annual pass ** EUR 28
Annual pass reduced ** 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.

Age recommenadations

The visit to the visitor's mine is possible for unaccompanied young people from the age of 12. Due to the special localities and the sometimes prevailing noise level, we recommend a visit for children accompanied from the age of 4.

For safety reasons, the ascent to the viewing platform of the headframe is only possible when accompanied by an adult.

Additional information:

  • 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:
  • Adults and children who have visited the planetarium beforehand, are eligible for a EUR 1.00 discount when visiting the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum.
  • Those arriving shortly before closing time will not be able to visit the visitor’s mine.

You can find our General Terms and Conditions here.

We are here to help you with any questions and queries you have about visiting the museum.
+ 49 234 5877-126 or (within the opening hours Tues. to Sun. between 9:30 am and 5:30 pm)

Bookings and advice for our offers and events are available here:
+ 49 234 5877-220 or (Tues. to Fr. between 09:00 am and 3:00 pm)

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.

We offer a special programme for school classes. In addition to guided tours of the visitor's mine and our new tours, schoolchildren up to secondary school level 1 can experience mining topics up close in our hands-on activities.

Guided tours for school classes are chargeable. For every 20 children, two accompanying persons are admitted free of charge. On request, these tours are also available in English and French, subject to availability and an additional charge.

Free admission for Bochum schools

Thanks to generous funding from the RAG Foundation, class groups from Bochum schools with a social index level of 3 or higher receive free admission and a free guided tour of the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum. Registration via our contact form is required. You can find more information here and in our flyer.

Registration & Booking

Registration for guided tours and educational offers is required. We have created a form for this purpose, with which you can already prepare your visit online. For further advice, please also contact our visitor service on +49 234 5877-220 or (Tues. to Fri. between 09:00 and 15:00).

The app with the audio guide for the tours and the visitor's mine as well as the video tours in German sign language is free of charge. The video tours in German sign language can be activated individually and downloaded separately.

Since only limited WLAN is available in the museum, we advise you to download the videos at home. The data volume is about 400 MB. You cannot access your mobile data in the visitor's mine, the app only works there in offline mode.

Once the app has been loaded onto the mobile device and opened once, it no longer requires an Internet connection. For an undisturbed listening experience, the use of headphones is advisable. The Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum app is available from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

For more information about the app, see this flyer.

In view of current hygiene measures, the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum will not be issuing visitor equipment for the time being. Visitors are instead asked to please download the relevant audio guide to their own smartphones.

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 and in our calendar of events.

Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum
Am Bergbaumuseum 28
44791 Bochum

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)

The museum shop is located within the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum.


Tues. to Sun. 9:30 am to 5:30 pm 1st Thu of every Month  9:30 am to 8:30 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.

KUMPELS - Restaurant in the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum

No nonsense, there's really tasty food! The Kreuger family from Dortmund is now bringing their many years of gastronomic experience to Bochum. With love and passion for the Ruhr region, the menu at KUMPELS offers regional cuisine "to snack on here", with "greens", something "for the short" and for the big appetite "schnitzel for the empty pit of your stomach".

Let us surprise you before, during or after your visit to the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum or simply as a guest at KUMPELS. In the modern ambience with a mining theme or on the outdoor terrace: you are very welcome.

Further details and information about the KUMPELS menu are available on our website:

Opening times:

Tue. to Sun.: 11 am till 5 pm

+49 234 90410888

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

Museum's Visitor Services

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.