Audio guide

What are mineral resources really? How come there's a 306-million-year-old tree standing in the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum? What’s the connection between Meissen porcelain and mining? And who invented the illuminated darning egg? The Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum’s Audio Guide offers the answers to these questions and more.

Each of the four


 of the museum's permanent exhibition comes with its very own audio tour. Unlike with conventional audio guides, here the visitors are guided through the Hard Coal, Mining, Mineral Resources and Art tours by two, sometimes three speakers offering factual knowledge and entertaining information in a dialogue-based format. Sönke Möhring, Jana Schölermann, Corinna Dorenkamp and Thomas Balou Martin are just some of the voices accompanying visitors here.

The museum’ visitor services also include a tour in German sign language for the tour Hard Coal. Engine of Industrialisation. The entire application is optimised for easy readability.

The Audio Guides in the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum app are available from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

The Audio Guide was sponsored by funds from the Aktionsplan für Leibniz-Forschungsmuseen.

Further information

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.