Ruhr Museum, Essen

Exhibitions & Museums

A stairwell in brilliant orange, a spectacular industrial backdrop and more than 6,000 exhibits:

the permanent exhibition "Nature, Culture and History" at the Ruhr Museum on the UNESCO World Heritage Site Zollverein shows the fascinating natural and cultural history of one of the world's largest industrial regions. In addition, special exhibitions on topics relating to the Ruhr region are regularly on display.

This is the regional museum of the Ruhr region. The location of the museum is the former Zeche Zollverein coal mine in Essen, once the most modern coal mine in the world that produced the most coal. After the mine closed in 2001, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The former coal laundry at mine shaft XII impresses purely by its architecture and because it is so large. In an integrative concept linking the history of nature and culture, the entire history of the Ruhr region is shown, from the origin of coal more than 300 million years ago to today's structural changes that have led to the Ruhr metropolis.

Opening hours:

Monday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

24, 25 and 31 December closed