We kindly ask that you continue to visit our museum wearing a medical mask. More information…


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.

We want to continue to offer our visitors and everyone in front of and behind the scenes who makes a visit to the museum possible a high level of safety. This is only possible if we look out for each other and our workforce is complete on board. Since the visit to the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum, with its tower tour and exhibition mine, offers experiences where it is still important to observe protective and hygienic measures, we are pleased if our visitors continue to wear a medical mask. In addition, please follow current AHA rules.

Due to current circumstances, program changes or cancellations may occur at short notice. Therefore, please inform yourself on our homepage about the currently valid Corona protection requirements for guided tours and events. You are also welcome to contact our visitor service by telephone during opening hours (Tues. to Sun. between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.) at +49 234 5877-126.

Visitor information
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.
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

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.

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: presse@bergbaumuseum.de
  • 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 service@bergbaumuseum.de (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 service@bergbaumuseum.de (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.

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.

The app is free apart from the data volume required for the download (approx. 400 MB). An internet connection is not needed once the app has been loaded to the mobile device and opened for the first time there. It is advisable to use headphones for the best listening experience.

The Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum app is available from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Technical difficulties mean we are currently unable to guarantee WLAN reception throughout the museum. You are therefore recommended to perform the download at home or alternatively use the data volume of your mobile device.

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

Visitors with mobility impairments and visitors with prams are asked to call the visitor service in the current situation. We will open the door for you and unlock the lift.

Visitor Service
+ 49 234 5877-126

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.

The general rules of the retail trade apply to the museum shop.

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: www.kumpels.de

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 post@kumpels.de.

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.


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