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Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum

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Address: Am Bergbaumuseum 28, 44791 Bochum, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Phone Number: +49 234 58770
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The extraction, processing and utilization of mineral geo-resources,...

The extraction, processing and utilization of mineral geo-resources, subsumed here under the term ‘mining’, is a subject with great significance for the development of human civilization.

The global importance of mining is increasing today, and will no doubt continue to do so in future. This is clear from the political campaigns and the intense media reactions associated with issues of raw material supplies and shortages, and also resource conservation (recycling and the use of renewable energy sources). The work of the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum, as the leading international museum on the mining industry, takes place within this socially relevant context.

As one of the Leibniz Association’s research museums, the DBM is devoted to investigating the extraction, processing and utilization of mineral raw materials in the context of social, cultural, ecological and economic dynamics, spanning different historical periods. The museum shows the lasting impact which these processes have had on the development of society, and preserves relevant evidence for future generations.

In short: The Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum is the cultural memory of the mining industry.

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we learned a lot of new things

I strongly advise to take the guided tour for underground. Our guide was a miner and in a simple language (German, though) explained their everyday work and could answer practical... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 September 2016
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Calgary, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

If you do not understand the German language, you will feel a little out of touch. We Did the tour which in itself and visually was very interesting however there is no signage or a glimpse of English anywhere. We asked whether they had at minimum a pamphlet and no luck. If they invested in English narrated headsets, I really... More 

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Springfield, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

This museum of coal mining has potential. It is set up to portray reality and does a pretty good job.The biggest problem is lack of Bi lingual materials. The film could be subtitled in English, and signs posted along the guided tour route in other languages. There is a nice variety of descrition of coal mining . The view from... More 

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Riga, Latvia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

I strongly advise to take the guided tour for underground. Our guide was a miner and in a simple language (German, though) explained their everyday work and could answer practical questions of curious visitors. After the tour I understood much more of the exhibition in the museum than before the tour. Time passed so fast there.

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Helsinki, Finland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

We decided to visit this museum after we saw the promising reviews in TripAdvisor. Unfortunately, for us it turned to be a disappointment. I would recommend it only for people who are interested in engineering and mining industry especially. There are not too many highlights for the public. However, we liked the elevator simulation, it’s captivating, but to fully enjoy... More 

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Bochum, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Wonderful view from shaftbtower, very interesting geological exposires and realistic underground mining department

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Trowbridge, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016 via mobile

Went with some local friends to see the old coal mine. It has a lot of history relating to the local heritage and industry. The best part is the beer garden serving BBQ food and beer!

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Bochum, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

only one in the world, great ! only one in the world, great ! only one in the world, great !only one in the world, great !

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New Hyde Park, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

What a place to go--deep underground into an old mineshaft. This was a truly different experience for us and well worth while.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2016 via mobile

It was interesting to see the equipment and underground galeries (take a jacket with you, it's cold down there). Hands-on experience including a simulator and a trip on top of the old lift (nice view). People there are friendly and enjoy giving explanations or make jokes.

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Wurzburg, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2016

The visit of the museum seemed to be a must do in the area - it was the first time we actually travelled to the Ruhrgebiet. First of all, we really are interested in technology, history, and especially in mining and like to visit museums. However, the much acclaimed German Mining Museum didn't meet our expectations at all. Maybe one... More 

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