Visit

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.

Visitor information
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
AdultsEUR 10
Children/young people (6 – 17 years old), students, apprentices/trainees, unemployed persons, disabled persons, those arriving shortly before closing time EUR 5
Children under 6Free 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.

Vouchers

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.
  • 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.

We are here to help you with any questions and queries you have about visiting the museum.

+49 234 5877-126 (Tues. to Fri. between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm)
​​​​​​​service@bergbaumuseum.de​​​​​​​

Guided tours

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
44791 Bochum

Visitor entrance to museum: Europaplatz
Visitor entrance to DBM+: Schillerstr./Europaplatz
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
 
Parking 

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)

service@bergbaumuseum.de

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.

Due to the rebuilding work, the bistro is currently located in front of the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum. During business hours, you can also purchase food and drink from a catering station in Europaplatz, opposite the DBM+.

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.
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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